Requests for Placement

Stepping Stones Multi Agency Planning Panel (MAPP) Meetings are held every half term to discuss pupil placements.

In order to ensure that provision accessed is fair, equitable and in the best interests of any child we have established a Multi-Agency Panel, to review and make recommendations on pupils accessing provision. Each District is represented at the MAP meetings by a head teacher, the Lead DSG, Pupil Access, a Local Authority representative for Alternative Provision, a SENDO, Stepping Stones head teacher, deputy head teacher and the Outreach manager.

We aim to minimise transitions within a child’s education and offer the best support possible in order to prevent exclusions, however sometimes intervention placements are necessary to support the child’s social, emotional and mental health needs.

Placements are for 12 weeks and give the child access to a small group setting with a high level of staff expertise in supporting children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Staff will implement agreed individual educational provision in order to aim for the child to reintegrate back to the mainstream provision by the end of the term. A report and further recommendations will be provided at the end of the placement with an agreed reintegration programme.

The panel may recommend alternatives to a placement, such as commissioning specialist input from other services, which may include the additional outreach programmes that Stepping Stones can offer. If the panel decline to offer placement then further recommendations will need to be put in place, which will be reviewed at the next panel meeting, if placement continues to be requested.

NB: The Lead DSG from each District will inform schools on the outcomes of placement requests.

MAPP Dates – Requests for placements to be submitted 2 weeks prior to the MAPP meetings

Last Date to Submit Request:                   Date of MAPP

06/09/2022                                              20/09/2022

01/11/2022                                                15/11/2022

10/01/2023                                                24/01/2023

28/02/2023                                                14/03/2022

25/04/2023                                                09/05/2023

20/06/2023                                                04/07/2023

See below to download ‘Request for a Placement’ document


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