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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SEN and Inclusion Service COVID-19 Update and New Hotline Information - Information Pack

and the information on the Peterborough Local Offer SEN and Inclusion Services COVID-19 Page has been collated by Peterborough SEN and Inclusion Services to provide links to resources, information and websites to support professionals, parents /carers and children/ young people at this difficult time.

Temporary changes to legislation around Education, Health and Care Plans during the COVID–19 pandemic

On 30 April 2020 the government put into place amended legislation in relation to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). One of the changes means that the Local Authority and Health have to consider how they can reasonably provide what is in an Education Health and Care Plan. You can read more in the overview of temporary changes to ECHP arrangements guidance. 

Read more on the Newsflash below.

NEWSFLASH!

and complete our questionnaire on the Education, Health and Care Plan Questionnaire drop down below.

    Transition - supporting children and young people as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

    Early Years SEND Specialisr and Portage Service

    For the latest Peterborough Early Years SEND Specialist and Portage Service information see:

    Transitions into Pre-school Settings and Reception Classes

    Education Health and Care Plan Questionnaire

    EHCP Arrangements during the COVID–19 pandemic

    This information is for the parents/carers of anyone who has an Education, Health and Care Plan.  Information for young adults with an Education Health and Care Plan will be provided in the next few days.

    On 30 April 2020 the government put into place amended legislation in relation to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). One of the changes means that the Local Authority and Health have to consider how they can reasonably provide what is in an Education Health and Care Plan. You can read more in the overview of temporary changes to ECHP arrangements guidance. 

    We are working together with schools, settings, colleges and partner agencies to make sure that we get the views of all parents/carers and young adults about this. As part of that, a letter with a questionnaire is being sent to all parents/carers and young adults.

    Letter to parents

    Further information about the requirements and a copy of the letter to parents/carers with the questionnaire is available here.

    Our preference would be for you to complete this questionnaire via the online questionnaire at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QZU4FV/

    However you can find a paper copy of the questionnaire to download here.

    If you would like help to complete the questionnaire please call 01733 863979 10.00 – 16.00.

    Letter to Young People

    You can find a copy of the questionnaire for young people here.

    Easy Read letter and questionnaire

    There is also an Easy Read version here.

    COVID-19 Government Updates

    26 May 2020 - LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE 

    The Department for Education on 26 May published some updated SEND guidance around supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening.  Read the guidelines here.

    30 April 2020

    A joint ministerial letter from Minister Ford, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Minister Whately, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care, to children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.

    Please click here for the Education, Health and Care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). The notice referred to in the guidance is available here Modification notice: EHC plans legislation changes.  

    In addition to the ministerial letter and government guidance a presentation from the government is available here.

    7 April 2020

    Important updates as of the 7 April 2020 regarding the Statutory EHCP process for parents/ carers and professionals, including a message from Family Voice Peterborough and Pinpoint Cambridgeshire. View the document by clicking here

    24 March 2020

    An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. The letter signposts key COVID-19 guidance up to the date of publishing on the 24 March 2020. Download a pdf of the open letter 

    Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS)

    Educational Psychology Service (EPS) Resources

    Information for professionals

    A team of psychologists from across Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published three webinars to support staff as they (start to) return to school following COVID-19.

    The first module outlines how we understand the experiences and emotional response associated with pandemics, and ways to ease the transition that might be helpful for all.

    The second module introduces Seligman’s PERMA model, a useful model for well-being and resilience which can be applied to everyday life.

    The third module focuses on the needs of children and young people that have experienced loss and bereavement over the last few months.

    Without time for reflection and discussion (which is recommended), the webinars run for 15 – 20 minutes each.

    The modules can be found at….

    Module 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSAW0X58yiE&feature=youtu.be

    Module 2

    https://youtu.be/rOJK0jLuhtM

    Module 3 

    https://youtu.be/gzBnXbI2Epg

    You can also view documents to support the webinars:

    Other resources for professionals can be found below:

    Information for parents and young people

    Autism / ADHD Advisory Teaching Service Resources

    • Autism: Self Isolation - Guidance and resources for parents.  Guidance, strategies and resources that might support families during this difficult time. You know your child/ young person better than anyone and you will know which strategies will work for you, which ones you can adapt/modify and which ones won’t work for your situation.

    • Online Learning Resources.  -  listing free access to online learning resources that can support your child during the period of school closures

    Weekly school closure Newsletters provided by Peterborough City Council

    You can read the following newsletters on our Newsletters Page.

    • Cosy Crew  - The weekly school closure newsletter for children with Autism
    • I'm a parent, get me out of here - The weekly school closure newsletter for parents/carers of children/young people with autism

    And on our Local Offer for Young People Coronavirus page you can find Lockdown Lift Up - the newsletter for young people with Autism

    Sensory and Physical Support Service Resources (Hearing, Vision and Physical)

    Accessible information on Coronavirus can be found on the SENSE website.

    If you need further advice from one of the specialist teachers for deaf/hearing impaired/vision, impaired/multi-sensory, impaired or physical disabilities please contact Sara Brierton 07970 492948 or Megan Williams 07816 597785 and they will pass on to the relevant teacher. You are still able to contact your specialist teacher directly, they may not be able to respond immediately but should come back to you within a few days as not all are full time.

    Early Years SENI Specialist and Portage Service Resources


    The SEND Specialist and Portage Service top websites. The information in this document has been collated by the SEND Specialist and Portage Service to provide links to resources, information and websites to support parents and carers of pre-school children at this difficult time. The links work at the time of publishing. These packs will be checked and updated if necessary as the situation evolves.

    The Local Area SENI Support Service Resources (also includes Post 16/PfA)

    You can find a selection of videos about Supported Internships, Apprenticeships and Finding your Future on the Preparing for Adulthood - Employment page.

    Resources for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)/professionals

    Peterborough SEND Hubs

    Southfields Primary, Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Send Hub

    Summer Talk - Games and activities to support children's communication skills

    Afasic voice for life 

    Helping your school age child and toddler to talk

    Visual 'Boredom Busters'

    Widget.com Resource Packs

    Information and resources from Sheffield NHS Trust for children with additional needs:

    Coronavirus resources for children and families.

    Ideas to support communication and language development at home

    Drumbeat School and ASD Service

    Have a look at and try the selection of activites below:

    Try the cooking challenge using two ingredients here 

    Create your own Origame Fox

    Have a go at the 5 day Activity Challenge

    Create your own Comic Strip using this template

    Fireworks in a Glass!

    Can you break the Emoji Codebreaker?

    Produce your own Daily Diary

    Have a look at a Workout Plan here

    'Me Time' Pamper pack

    'Me Time' Anime Pack

    I can Tell the Time Activity Pack

    Write your own News Article

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