SEND Resources for professionals
This page contains links to useful documents and sources of information on a range of local, regional and national SEND matters.
You might it helpful to view the glossary of SEND terms
For the latest training opportunities, have a look at the green drop down box entitled 'SEND Training'.
If you are a SENCO or headteacher/lead practitioner for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please share your contact details with the SEN and Inclusion Services on this form.
Local support groups can be found by using the search term 'COVID-19' in the search box at the top of the page.
The send gateway (published by NASEN) is an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Special Educational Needs and Disability Newsletter for SEND Professionals
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Newsletter for SEND Professionals is a termly publication packed full of news, features, training events, and resources. It is aimed at those involved with supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, across the education, health and social care services, and the voluntary/charity sector.
It is produced in partnership with the Inclusion Services of Peterborough City Council, the Peterborough SENCO Network, the Specialist Hub Network and Family Voice Peterborough.
You can view our newsletters below.
If you would like the newsletters delivered directly to your email inbox, or if you like the newsletter, or have suggestions for future articles, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find a links to archived newsletters here.
Quality Assurance Framework
As part of the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) following the CQC and Ofsted inspection of SEND in Peterborough in 2019, a Quality Assurance (QA) framework for SEND was adopted by the Peterborough SEND partnership. The QA framework is a key element in driving improvement in outcomes for children and young adults with SEND in Peterborough.
The QA framework includes processes for auditing EHCPs at a variety of stages, including the provision of advice and information by all partners, draft EHCPs following planning meetings and auditing of annual reviews.
In addition, the process of multi-agency EHCP auditing, which was established in 2018 is continuing, with selections of anonymised recently issued EHCPs audited on a regular basis by a panel, including representatives from Family Voice, schools and Peterborough Regional College.
Findings from these multi-agency audits and the other audit work across the wider SEND partnership will be regularly reported back to the SEND Executive Board. Audit findings will focus on broad themes that have been identified through the auditing process and these will inform future improvement planning, including training of relevant staff and improvements in SEND and EHCP processes.
You can download the audit forms and associated guidance on the Useful Documents section of this webpage and they are linked below:
If you have any queries about the SEND quality assurance process, please email Send.QA@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
SEND Review Project
This project launched in the summer term of 2018 with the purpose of providing a tool for education settings (schools, colleges, etc.) to holistically review how they support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and then act as ‘critical friends’ to support/challenge similar settings.
With support from the SEND Eastern Region Peer Network, we were able to offer the tool for free for participating settings, and have been able to extend the offer for another year (2019-2020).
By the end of the Spring term 2019, over 50 schools were part of the project, grouped with similar settings to provide support and challenge to keep reviewing and developing the support for learners with SEND across the city.
During the Spring term 2019, the project was quality assured by David Bartram of the London Leadership Strategy and Professor Philip Garner from the University of Northampton. Download a copy of the report form this quality assurance.
If you’re interested in this project, please contact Jessica Conway, Area SENCO (email@example.com).
Request for involvement of specialist teachers and portage service
Education Settings (nurseries, schools and academies) can request the support of the Specialist Teaching Services (including the advisory teachers for ADHD and Autism and teachers of the deaf, blind, and physical disabilities) and the Portage Service (for Early Years children), through the Request for Involvement form.
The form must be signed by the Headteacher / Lead practitioner in the setting and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The request will be reviewed by the SEN and Inclusion Services Management Team in order to ensure the most appropriate service responds in a timely manner.
If the matter is urgent, please contact SEN and Inclusion Services directly (the contact details available on Peterborough Local Offer).
For further information please contact email@example.com or 01733 863702
Expectations of the Local Area Support and Practice for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
This document is guidance drawn from the expectations outlined in government legislation of how the local area (including educational settings and different agencies) should provide support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It includes a description of roles and responsibilities, arrangements for funding and the graduated approach to the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
This section contains details on communication and materials published by the Government
Changes to appeals - Single route of redress trial
You can find more detailed information about this on our Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans page.
Guidance and toolkit with regard to the single route of redress (SENDIST)
Guidance on the single route of redress national trial, which begins on 3 April 2018, has now been published on GOV.UK The two year national trial extends the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans, in addition to the educational aspects.
High Needs Funding
The Government’s response to the schools and high needs national funding formulae consultations can be found within the publication section on the gov.uk website.
Young Person's guide to SEND disagreement resolution
This guide is aimed at young people with SEND, their families and the individuals and organisations that provide them with support.
It provides advice and information about how young people who are unhappy with the support they are getting for their special educational needs or disability can find the right help and advice to resolve their issues. The guide also explains who young people can go to for support and the steps to take.
Primary assessment consultations, including the Rochford Review
The government’s response to the ‘Primary assessment in England’ public consultation can be found within the consultations section on the gov.uk website.
DfE initiative over EdTech including assistive technology
The new Education Technology (EdTech) strategy, Realising the potential of technology in education has just been published by the Department for Education.
This strategy highlights the opportunities of technology (including the power of assistive technologies to support increased function, motivation, independence and access to learning) and is the Department's first step in supporting the education sector to overcome the barriers to embedding technology in an effective and efficient manner.
It sets a number of 'EdTech challenges' to industry, the education sector and academia to prove what is possible and inform the future use of EdTech across our education system.
DfE November 2019 Newsletter
Welcome to the November 2019 edition of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Newsletter. In this Newsletter, we are focusing on:
- The SEND Review
- Extension of national trial to extend powers of SEND tribunal to 31 August 2020
- The SENCO Forum
SEND publications from national bodies
It takes leaders to break down siloes: Intergrating services for disabled children.
This is a Council for Disabled Children report on integrating services for disabled children.
Children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) and their families have a consistent request: that they are supported to achieve the best possible outcomes through access to the right services at the right time.
For this to happen, they need the people who commission and deliver services to coordinate their work so that their care can be ‘joined up’ and personalised according to their needs and aspirations.
That is why we have produced this report to drive change in the design and delivery of services for disabled children, and support greater integration for children and young people more generally.
Background to the report
Over the past decade, successive governments have brought in a range of legislation, policies and programmes in an attempt to deliver on a vision of coordinated, person-centred care and better outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
However, despite this visible drive towards integration, services for children with SEND remain fragmented. The reality of integrated working between different services and agencies, such as NHS and local authority services, children’s and adults’ services and specialist and universal services, is challenging.
The report identifies key factors that are helping and hindering the integration of services around special education needs and disability (SEND).
The report does this by drawing upon considerable expertise, as well as consultation with 76 education, health and care professionals and parent carers in three local authority areas.
- The system of disabled children’s services, nationally and locally, is highly complex and fragmented. Those who work in it face multiple practical barriers to integration.
- Leadership is the most important factor in enabling or hindering integration; service leaders play a pivotal role in uniting agencies around a whole-system approach to SEND and wider vulnerable children’s services.
- Good quality population data is vital to developing a whole-system approach, and the measurement of shared outcomes.
- Local Areas’ efforts to integrate services in the complex SEND system must be part of a wider strategic vision
Joint Council for Qualifications - Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration
You can view an overview about these topics in the Exams Office part of the Joint Council for Qualifications website
- To download an electronic copy of the JCQ publication 'Accessarrangements and reasonable adjustments click this link
- To download 'A guide to the special consideration process click this link
Eastern Region SEND Peer Network
The Eastern Region SEND Network aims to bring key partners and stakeholders together across the region to share information, develop strategic approaches and implement operational practices for the benefit of children and young people and their families with SEND
What to do if you have concerns about the safety of a child?
1. Speak to your line or team manager
2. If you have serious concerns that the child/young person is at risk of significant harm make a referral to social care
3. If you wish to seek advice about your concerns and the action to take, contact the duty officer in social care or the Local authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Safeguarding:
- Telephone: 01733 864038
- Email: LADO@peterborough.gov.uk
- Fax: 0870 2384083
4. Ensure that you seek appropriate support/supervision for yourself
5. Consult the documents listed below for further advice or visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.
'Ensuring equal access to public examinations for candidates with sensory impairment' was produced by the National Sensory Impairment Partnership. It is intended to help teachers of children and young people with hearing impairment (H), visual impairment (VI) and multi-sensory impairment (MSI) to understand the key principles underpinning reasonable adjustments for public examinations and the main access arrangements that may be appropriate for candidates with sensory impairment. It also includes examples of specialist reports written to support applications for access arrangements.
Cochlear Implants – FM Training Tool (downloadable resource tool) for Teachers of the Deaf and relevant professionals
Mental Health Support
Talking about terrorism: tips for parents and professionals
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them.
- listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
- offer reassurance and comfort
- avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
- help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
- children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.
- More information can be found on the NSPCC website and by clicking on the pdf link below - Talking about terrorism: tips for parents and professionals
Useful resources on suicide prevention and the Prevention Concordat
This briefing provides links to useful resources, toolkits and websites relevant to suicide prevention and the Prevention Concordat.
YMCA Trinity Group
The YMCA Menu of Services was designed to offer schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care.
The YMCA Trinity group are committed to developing services based on needs. You can find more details by visiting their website.
Additional services they can provide include:
- Staff counselling
- Community well-being
- Clinical assessments
- Well-being measurement
- Licensing/school membership
- Physical activity provision
- Workplace well-being
Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans (EHC) - Assessments and Resources
The Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans page hosts a collection of resources, including related pages, useful documents and links to external websites
SEND in Peterborough Conferences
SEND In Peterborough Conference 28 February 2019
In February 2019, the Specialist Hub Network and Special Edducational Needs and Inclusion Services jointly organised a conference for teachers and other practitioners titled: S.E.N.D. is everybody's business.
A short summary video of the event can be found at: https://youtu.be/gI0ESR-G66I Please use the links below to access the resources from the event.
Supporting language and communication in the classroom - Hubs from Nene Park Academy and Southfields
Multi-sensory approaches to differentiation across the curriculum - Hubs from Middleton Primary and Arthur Mellows Village College
Wellbeing and inclusion in the classroom - Hubs from Ormiston Bushfield Academy and Nenegate
View a copy of the feedback report for this conference
SEND In Peterborough Conference 19 February 2018
On 19 February 2018, the Peterborough SEND Conference brought together around 150 SEND stakeholders from across the Peterborough area to hear from local services and speakers. The keynote speaker was a professional advisor from the Department for Education. On this page are a series of resources from the event. Further details can also be found on the Conference blog.
Resources that can be found on this page relating to this conference are:
Handouts from Workshop B:
Click the links below to find recordings of the keynote talks and most workshops from the conference. Transcripts / subtitles are being processed and will be available in the future.
Useful resources from SENCO's
The list below highlights some resources shared by Peterborough SENCOs. All resources are blank or use fictional information. These resources are shared as examples or starting points. For more information about these resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download these documents in microsoft word by clicking on the link in the Useful documents section on this web page
Click the links below to access additional resources:
SEN Support workshop for Parent CarersI
In February 2019, a short workshop was held for parent carers exploring what SEN Support is. The slides from this workshop can be found here.
An updated version of the SEND Governor Briefing Pack has been published jointly by Governer Services and SEN and Inclusion Services
ADHD Secondary Schools transfer guidance booklet published by the ADHD Advisory Teaching Service in SEN and Inclusion Services.
Pilot guidance - Decoding the School Census - SEND Provision and Type
Following a number of co-production opportunities with SENCOs, Family Voice Peterborough and the local authority, SEN and Inclusion Services are piloting guidance on the SEN Type and Provision categories for the School Census. This guidance is being sent to Headteachers and SENCOs. We are asking all schools to trial the enclosed guidance when completing the school census in the first half of Spring term 2019. Once completed, we will use feedback gathered to revise the guidance and finalise it ready for future census.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Adverse Childhood experiences
In July 2019, the Peterborough SENCO Network responded to requests from SENCOs to organise a training session with colleagues from CPFT (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust), on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Adverse Childhood experiences. A copy of the presentations from this session can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
New Occupational Therapy referral form
The OT service is going through a re structure. However they do offer telephone consultation lines which SENCO's/settings can book on via their admin on 01733 847166 to discuss possible referrals and to offer strategies and advice to trial before referral is necessary.
SEND Support - what does it mean for your children - A video by Nasen
This link takes you to a video - 'SEND Support - what does it mean for your children,
The video is of a webinar hosted by the charity organisation, National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen) and posted on YouTube.
It addresses 3 key questions,:
- What is SEND legislation and what does it mean for your children?
- How do schools identify and support pupils with SEND?
- How should parents be involved in this process?
National Surveys seeking your input
The Council for Disabled Children
The Children and Families Act came into force in September 2014, heralding the biggest reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in a generation.
At the time, our Director Dame Christine Lenehan said changes would take another generation to embed.
As we reach the Act’s fifth anniversary, we want to hear your views in our annual survey on the experiences, successes and challenges, and get your feedback on future priorities for SEND.
Click here to take part.