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SEND Conference on 19 February 2018

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'.

Stay in touch with SEN and Inclusion Services and the SENCO Network

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.

SEND Training

Training Opportunities

The latest training opportunities can be found on the calendars below:

SEND training calendar - Autumn 2019

TSA update September 2019

Vision impairment hub training courses

Early Years and SEND Hubs training calendar

SEND physical disability hub trraining programme

Educational Psychology Service - Training courses 2018-2019

This short guide contains information on the training courses being run by the Educational Psychology Service within the SEN and Inclusion Services of Peterborough City Council.

Training from Specialist Hubs and SEN and Inclusion Services

Click the links below to access the booking forms for the training offered by specific services in the SEN and Inclusion Services of Peterborough City council:

 

 

If you have any queries please contact ryan.blackburn@peterborough.gov.uk

SEND Gateway

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).

Focus on SEND training for educational practitioners working across Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post 16

Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice-led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.

Physical Disability Awareness training

PD Net - the network for those supporting learners with physical disabilities have published an online course on Physical disability awareness in schools. The course is a Level 1 course that aims to develop awareness and understanding of physical disability and the impact it can have on learning. 

SEND in Peterborough Newsletter

SEND Newsletters

The SEND newsletters are termly publications packed full of news features, training events, and resources. They are 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. 

They are 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.

SEND in Peterborough - Summer term 2019 Newsletter

If you would like the newsletters delivered directly to your email inbox please click on this link to register.

If you like the newsletter, or have suggestions for future articles, let us know by emailing ryan.blackburn@peterborough.gov.uk

Archived newsletters

You can find a links to archived newsletters here.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Summer 2017 Newsletter

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 (jessica.conway@peterborough.gov.uk).     

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 inclusion-referrals@peterborough.gov.uk

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 laura.ferrario@peterborough.gov.uk 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.

Government Communications

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. 

July 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Newsletter. In this Newsletter, we are focusing on:

  • Restraint guidance and consultation
  • Bercow: Ten Years On – 1st Anniversary Update
  • Further Education and Training Centres for Excellence in SEND
  • Teaching online safety in schools guidance
  • Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Guidance
  • Assistive technology and EdTech
  • NHS Long Term Plan Implementation Framework
  • Cross-Government initiative to tackle injustices faced by disabled people in the workplace, at home and in the community

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.

 

Key findings 

  • 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

View a copy of the full report

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

Safeguarding

Safeguarding

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.

What to do if you have concerns about the safety of a child

Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for Schools

Sensory Impairment

Sensory Impairment

'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
  • Research
  • Consultancy
  • 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. 

Keynote Speakers:

Lauren Steadman

Mary Rayner

Charlie Fogarty

Workshop presentations

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

Resources

Inclusion checklist - Hearing Impairements

Inclusion checklist - Vision impairments 

Inclusive PE presentation (from Ormiston Meadows Academy Hub)

Feedback

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:

Slides from Charlie Palmer from the Department for Education

Slides from Gina Hart, Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Workshop A - Small Data, Big Steps (part one)

Workshop A - Small Data Big Steps (part two)

Workshop B - Inclusive approach to assessing, tracking and evaluating the progress of children with SEND

Handouts from Workshop B:

Workshop C Top tips for surviving Ofsted

Workshop D Assistive Technology

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.

Opening and Keynote from Charlie Palmber

Workshop 1 Kate Browning

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Workshop 2 Tracey Edwards

Workshop 3 Geoff Cooper

 

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 jessica.conway@peterborough.gov.uk

You can also download these documents in microsoft word by clicking on the link in the Useful documents section on this web page

Big strides targets - example

Pupil passport - example

One page pupil profile

Provision record

Pupil profile - blank

SEN pupil profile and targets - blank

SEN pupil profile example 1

SEN pupil profile example 2

SEN pupil profile - tips

New Resources

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. 

Please send your feedback either via email to jessica.conway@peterborough.gov.uk or via the online form found at https://goo.gl/forms/5L0HFuMWWePXOOIp2.

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:

Support for Attachment Difficulties - Dr Venkat Reddy, Consultant Paediatrician

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - SENCO Training July 2019 

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. 

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