HW SENDIASS Newsletter July 2022Published: Monday, 18th July 2022
Newsletter of resources and information to support parents, carers and young people across a range of topics.
HW SENDIASS Newsletter July 2022
SENDIASS Training is now up and running and we are offering free face to face workshops and online information sessions for parents/carers in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
We are running two monthly workshops in locations in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
This workshop is aimed at parent carers who have a child or young person that may require additional support whilst at a mainstream school.
The workshop will discuss:
• What is SEN?
• The role of the SENCO
• The Graduated Response to SEN
• How to prepare for an effective meeting
• Useful resources
This workshop is aimed at parent carers who are currently going through the EHC assessment process or who have a draft EHC plan. It may also be useful to those attending Annual Reviews and looking to update and amend the plan.
The workshop will discuss:
• What is an Education Health & Care Plan?
• What content should an Education Health & Care Plan have?
• How to request amendments to the plan
• Useful Resources
All of our sessions last for two hours and are interactive to enable people to ask questions. We limit the number of attendees to ensure a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
You can find out more about our workshops on our Training Workshops Webpage and you can browse upcoming dates and book your places using our Events Calendar.
If you have any questions about training or would like to discuss your requirements further, please contact us on SENDIASSTraining@worcestershire.gov.uk
Our Worcestershire Team are relocating to The County Enterprise Workshop, St Paul's St, Worcester, WR1 2BA, and we will be based there from September.
This new office also has a Training room and from September our Worcestershire training workshops will take place in there.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new space.
It’s that time of year again; Transition- when children or young people move from one year group to another or from one school or setting to another.
Most children and young people find these changes difficult, but for children with additional needs, transitions can be particularly problematic. Don’t forget we have some information on our website to help you support young people through transitions Tips for Transition.
Post 16 Options Animation
There are several education or training options available to young people when they leave school at 16. We have produced this animation, Post 16 Options to help young people and their families understand these options.
You can also find this animation and more information on our Options and Transition After School webpage
Spotlight on Social Opportunities for children and young people with SEND
Every month, on our Facebook page, we will be featuring a local social or recreational opportunity available to children and young people with SEND in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
We want to spread the word about some of the wonderful local charities, organisations and services that are providing clubs or events for young people with SEND, and help young people find opportunities that interest them.
If you are aware of a service that would like to be featured please let us know via Facebook messenger or email us on SENDIASS@worcestershire.gov.uk
A-Z of support
We have been receiving a lot of enquires about social opportunities and support groups for Young people with SEND and their parents. We have added a ‘Parent Support Group’ section to our A-Z of support and we are always adding to our ‘Play and Recreation’ section as and when we find out about new opportunities for young people. Please take a look. If you think we have missed anything, please let us know on SENDIASS@worcestershire.gov.uk
Local SEND News- Herefordshire
Herefordshire released their first SEND newsletter for parents/carers in June and have since released their second SEND newsletter. These newsletters are co-produced by Herefordshire Council, Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire and Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The SEND newsletter will be published half-termly and hosted on the Talk Community Local Offer under ‘Latest News’ - Local Offer: Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - Talk Community Directory with past issues being archived, but still available to read, as each new one is published.
Here for Herefordshire Holiday Programme
The booking system for 'Here for Herefordshire Holiday Programme' for children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals is now live.
Sixth Form phase at Westfield Special School
Following their consultation, Herefordshire Council have made a statement on their proposal to close the sixth form phase at Westfield Special School.
After consideration of all the responses to the consultation, Herefordshire Council now proposes that Westfield School sixth form in Leominster remains open.
SEND Summit - Save the Date
Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council have announced the return of their in-person SEND Summit on Thursday 29th September 2022. There will be a number of local providers at the event, sharing what they do and how they can support children and young people with SEND. More information will follow.
Parent Carer Voice- New website
The Herefordshire Parent Carer Forum have a brand new website, Parent Carer Voice Herefordshire
Local SEND News- Worcestershire
Accelerated Progress Plan
Following the SEND revisit inspection in November 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked Worcestershire to produce an action plan (Accelerated Progress Plan).
This action plan sets out the following for each of the four remaining areas of concern:
• The actions they have taken since the revisit and will take in the next 12 months to address the concerns
• The milestones they are working towards, being clear on the improvements they will have delivered after 3, 6 and 12 months
• The impact measures they will be using to judge their success
• How the experience for children and families will be different as a result of the actions they are taking
The Worcestershire Local Area SEND Accelerated Progress Plan (APP) has now been approved by
the DfE and NHS.
A copy of the plan and an additional summary are available to download here: SEND Improvement Plan
Post-16 Education Provision Survey
Worcestershire Children First are seeking feedback from parents, carers, and young people on their experiences of post 16 education provision within Worcestershire, in particular provision which caters for young people with complex and profound Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).
They are looking to increase provision within Worcestershire for young people aged 16-25 with SEND, particularly for those with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, Autism Spectrum Condition, or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
You can provide your feedback by completing their online survey- Post 16 Education Provision
The deadline for responses is Friday 22 July 2022.
If you have any queries in relation to the questionnaire, please email Jennifer Davis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Disability Strategy Survey
The Worcestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board are seeking input into their new Learning Disability Strategy.
The Board have launched a short survey to gather the views of those with Learning Disabilities and their families. The results of the survey will help to shape the strategy.
Due to launch in 2023, the Learning Disability Strategy will help to set out what people with Learning Disabilities and their families in Worcestershire want and need to support them in their everyday lives.
You can take part in their Online Survey- Learning Disability strategy
The survey closes on 31st July.
Special School Reception places for September 2022
There is higher demand for Special School Reception places for September 2022, as a result Worcestershire Children First have had to make alternative arrangements for nursery assessment provision in September 2022.
They are working with each Special School and the Early Years Inclusion Team and will include health partners to develop solutions which identify need and ensure the right level of support is in place for children on their entry to school.
Fort Royal Community Primary and The Vale of Evesham Special Schools are altering the delivery model of Nursery Assessment in September 2022. This will increase the support to mainstream early years settings to both help them meet your child’s needs and ensure the nursery assessment is well informed. Families of children who have been offered this assessment and support will receive a letter/email from the SEND service.
Fort Royal Community Primary and The Vale of Evesham nursery assessment provision will be delivered via outreach services and/or the Early Years Inclusion Team within community mainstream early years settings and not onsite.
For those children offered a place at Wyre Forest Special School Nursery provision and Batchley Nursery Plus, they will be completing the nursery assessment on-site, in discussion with and involving your child’s mainstream early years setting (if attending). Families of children who have been offered an onsite assessment will have been contacted by Wyre Forest or Batchley schools.
For children where it was not possible to offer an onsite nursery assessment at Wyre Forest Special School Nursery provision and Batchley Nursery Plus, they will be supported in their mainstream early years setting by the Early Years Inclusion Team.
Worcestershire Children First appreciate this may cause some uncertainty for parent carers and early years providers. They are actively working to ensure the right support is in place for the pre-school children this applies to. Individual communication will be sent to parent carers and early years settings confirming the nursery assessment provision available for individual children. For any pre-school children not currently attending a mainstream early years setting, support will be provided to identify provision.
Summer Holiday and Food Programme
Ready Steady Worcestershire's Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is available to book now.
The free activities are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) for children who receive free school meals (FSM) or children who have been referred to the HAF programme by professionals. All activity clubs are inclusive of SEND but they do also have some specialised SEND clubs on offer. These are run by providers with specialist facilities, training, or adapted activities. To find these, type ‘SEND’ into the keyword search. Parents, guardians and carers are invited to contact providers directly to discuss suitability of clubs and contact details can be found on all activity information pages.
Parent Carer Forums
The parent carer forums in our area are both looking for new members.
A parent carer forum is a group of parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities. The aim of parent carer forums is to make sure that the services in their local area meet the needs of children with additional needs or disabilities and their families.They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education, health and other providers to highlight where local services and processes are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.
Any parent carer of a child with additional needs or disability is welcome to join their local parent carer forum. Joining does not mean you have to commit lots of time. As a member you can just be updated with newsletters and have opportunities to complete relevant questionnaires. If you have spare time and would like to be more involved there are further opportunities.
For more information please see the websites below:
National SEND News
The Government's SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper
The Green Paper is the result of the national SEND Review and it sets out the government's vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system.
These plans are open for public consultation until 22nd July and you can have your say on the proposed changes by completing the SEND Green Paper Survey
There is also a dedicated SEND Review Website with further information
The Department for Education has now published accessible versions of the SEND and Alternative Provision green paper, including:
• a full British Sign Language version
• an easy-read version to support those with learning disabilities
• a guide to help children and young people with SEND or those in alternative provision, to understand the green paper and respond to the consultation
They also have a ‘request alternative formats service’ this includes provision of Braille, audio and other language translations.
Tribunal Service Update
I.P.S.E.A have published a SEND Tribunal update for volunteers, parents and carers. The Tribunal service is facing an unprecedented backlog and will be prioritising cases which involve a phase transfer and/or where the child or young person is out of education.
Reviews of Education, Health and Care plans: proposed timescales
The Department for Education (DfE) are asking for parent views about the deadline for a local authority issuing proposals to amend an Education, Health and Care plan following a review.
Local authorities have various duties over when and how they must review an individual’s Education, Health and Care plan. The DfE are consulting on whether they should:
• have an extra four weeks after review meetings to finalise any changes they propose to a plan; and
• have to circulate material for a review meeting a week earlier than currently.
You can take part in their EHCP timescales consultation
It closes on August 12 2022.
School suspensions and permanent exclusions guidance
‘Suspension and permanent exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement - guidance 2022’ comes into force on 1st September 2022. This updated statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law.
Government consultation on SEND Local Area inspections
Ofsted and the CQC are consulting on a new approach to area SEND inspections and would like feedback from children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
They are proposing a new inspection framework that puts more focus on the impact that a local area partnership is having on the lives of children and young people with SEND and not just how local areas are meeting their statutory obligations.
The new inspection framework, planned to operate from early 2023, proposes to:
• focus not just on whether statutory obligations have been met but on the impact that a local area partnership’s SEND arrangements have on the experiences and outcomes of children and young people
• strengthen accountability and drive continuous improvement by introducing:
- an ongoing cycle of inspections, which includes full inspections, monitoring visits and annual engagement meetings
- 3 inspection outcomes, which provide clearer information about how an area is performing, what needs to improve and who is accountable
- an expectation that all areas produce and publish a strategic plan for SEND, which is updated following inspection
• gather more evidence directly from children and young people and their families, ensuring that their views and experiences are central to inspections
• look more closely at arrangements for children and young people in alternative provision
• include social care inspectors in inspection teams, to gain a more holistic view of the impact
You can give your feedback on these proposals by taking part in the Government SEND local area inspection survey The deadline for responses to the survey is September 11th 2022.
Courses and Resources
Tribunal Service Video
HM Courts & Tribunal Service have released a video 'Help with Online Hearings in the SEND Tribunal' to help people understand what to expect and how to prepare.
Understanding Autism Webinar- Autism West Midlands
8th September at 9:30 am - 10:30 am
This webinar will cover:
• An introduction to the autism spectrum
• How autism may affect children
• How to support children in daily life
This webinar is open to any parent, carer or professional in the West Midlands region.
Understanding Autism webinar
Witherslack Group webinars
The Witherslack Group are offering several free webinars throughout July and September. You can find out more on the Witherslack Webinar webpage