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Our Communities | Four Camphill Colleges

The four Camphill colleges in England and Wales are all good or excellent with outstanding elements. The colleges include Colleg Elydyr in Wales, the Mount Camphill Community in East Sussex, Pennine Camphill Community in West Yorkshire and William Morris House in Gloucestershire. The new round of Ofsted and Estyn inspections have rightly focussed on students learning.  Each college did well with common themes emerging of students gaining outstanding practical skills alongside communication skills.

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The four Camphill  colleges have been granted section 41 status under the new codes of practice of the Children and Families Act 2014. As part of the Secretary of State’s Approved List new opportunities and duties apply to the colleges. These include:

  1. Local authorities must include information about S41 Approved colleges in their Local Offer
  2. Colleges on the S41 list must work with LAs about their arrangements for young people with SEN (Learning difficulties or disabilities)
  3. Young people and/or their parents can name one of the S41 colleges on their Education, Health and Care Plan. The LA must then secure the place and the college must admit them. This means that S41 specialist colleges are being treated the same as any general Further Education college

The Children and Families Act have heralded the biggest changes in the sector for over 30 years. Its impact have already been felt with a move from regional commissioning of specialist college placements to Local Authority commissioning. This has meant building relationships with many more commissioners and had an impact on some college’s residential provision.

Each college has their own distinct character responding to local needs but also share in providing a national provision for young people wanting the particular ethos of a Camphill centre.

Each of the Camphill Colleges are members of the Association of National Specialist Colleges, Natspec. This has been a helpful voice as the new legislation has been written and we have had the opportunity to respond to consultations and meet with Government Ministers.

More information can be found on the colleges websites and from Natspec.

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