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22.4.21 Education Banding Tool Implementation Reference Group Meeting


The following items were discussed at the meeting on 22nd April 2021.  A copy of the full notes can be downloaded here.

Items discussed:

  • Welcome & Apologies
  • Agree notes of previous meeting
  • Progress to date & next steps
  • FACE Assessments
  • Risks & Issues
  • Implementation approach
  • Items for future agenda
  • Questions & feedback from members
  • Any Other Business


  • A refreshed Terms of Reference with group contacts will be circulated with the minutes.
  • The Education Banding Tool Survey to be sent out to the group, via the school e-bag and shared with the SEND Locality Management Groups.
  • An increase of Annual Rewiew amendment requests from Special Schools and the impact on the SEND Assessment Team to be added to the risk register.
  • The phased roll out implementation route will be taken to the next Steering Group meeting for their views and a decision.
  • Potential conflict of the Banding Tool not fully supporting the SEND Strategy to be discussed with Tim Moss and Alison Barnes and risk/issue to be considered
  • Face Assessment - send an example of a learner with complex health needs.  Risk will be shared with SEND & Inclusion Governance Group.
  • Share examples of missing categories so that they can be explored in the pilot cohort.
  • Do we have access to the FACE Assessments to use with pupils in our schools but resident in another LA - discuss and understand how other LA’s that are using the system have considered this.
  • FACE assessment paperwork to be resent.

Meeting presentation slides

The presentation covered the following.  A copy of the slides can be downloaded here.

  • Project Progress and Next Steps
    • High Level Implementation Plan
    • Progress to date/key achievements
    • Key activities & deliverables planned for next period
  • FACE Assessments
  • Project risks and issues
  • Implementation Approach