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Working Group 6 - Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support

Chair - Sally Senejko

Vice Chair - Alex Nancollis

Written Statement of Action (Area 7) – Aims to ensure consistent application of the local area’s strategy for identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people at the SEN Support stage.

Key message

How does this impact families? How does it link to the Written Statement of Action (WSoA)?

We have appointed a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Associate General Advisor within the Learning Support Service.

This new post will focus on strengthening SEN support across all schools in the County.

Development of the SEND toolkit is going well and is due to be launched in December 2020.

The Toolkit is a document which will support schools in meeting the needs of SEN pupils in a consistent way across the County.

We have streamlined the process for Early Help referral.

The process for requesting support for individual children and young people with SEN when a school identifies they need further support from other professionals, eg Specialist Advisory Teacher, is now easier and more straight forward.

We have updated the SEND admissions guidance for all schools (including training and support).

This ensures all schools are aware of their legal obligations and are supported to meet SEND needs where the school is named as parental preference.  Schools must now respond in a manner that gives us information relating to any specific reasons why they may not be able to make a place available for a child or young person with SEND. This will ensure that the process is clear and transparent, and that all schools follow the same process.

We have issued part time timetable information to all schools.

Pupils should not be on a part time timetable for a long period of time with no plan for this to end. We can now ensure schools have a plan for all SEND children  and young people on a part time timetable to move back to full time within an appropriate timescale. We can now monitor this more consistently and can provide support and challenge as needed.

We are beginning a pilot project with Whole School SEND consortium.

This work with a national (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) network will improve our SEND provision.  We will provide more details when we have them.

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