Welcome Back to School - A guide for parents and carers of children returning to school
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have produced a ‘Welcome Back to School’ guide for parents/carers of children returning to school. it contains clear information on issues which are key to most 'normal' years but assumes an even greater significance this year, such as transport (including the rules on face covering for different age groups), attendance, free school meals, vaccinations etc.
Newsflash: Chief Public Health Nurse's Letter 7 October 2020
Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them - 2 September 2020
Transport to school and other places of education: Autumn Term 2020
New guidance has been published on Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020 for local authorities, which will also be of interest to transport operators and education settings.
COVID-19 Government Updates
Announcement from the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Division, DfE - 31 July 2020
We would like to inform you that the notice modifying the duty on local authorities to secure or arrange the special educational and health care provision specified in children and young people’s EHC plans will expire today.
This follows the Secretary of State’s announcement on 2 July that, unless the evidence changes, we will not be issuing further national notices to modify this duty. Our focus will increasingly be on supporting local authorities, health commissioning bodies and education settings as they work towards full provision being restored for all children and young people with EHC plans.
The Regulations that we made to provide additional flexibility over the statutory timescales for various EHC needs assessment and plan processes remain in force and currently last until 25 September 2020 and we are keeping this under close review. We are expecting Ministers to decide next month how long the Regulations should remain in force.
We have taken the opportunity to publish a minor update to Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus'
Single Route of Redress national Trial Extension
COVID-19 Update – Court and Tribunal Users
(This article published 17/03/2020)
The Ministry of Justice have published high-level advice regarding coronavirus on gov.uk, which can be found here.
This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available.
If there are wider changes to the operational running of the courts this will be communicated in the first instance through their digital channels:
The Tribunal are increasing the use of phone, video and other technology to continue as many hearings as possible remotely throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
Guidance has now been published to support those who have been asked to join a hearing by telephone or video using BT MeetMe, Skype for Business or Cloud Video Platform (CVP) during the coronavirus outbreak.
This guidance can be found here.
Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums
The Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums are multi-agency forums which were formed in response to feedback from Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to ensure settings received topical, timely and consistent communication from a range of stakeholders, including the opportunity to share best practice across Peterborough (and beyond with colleagues attending from further afield) which SENCO's have reported have had a positive impact on children, young people and families during these unprecedented times.
In response to feedback, the Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums will continue to run into the new academic year 2020/21 and the frequency will change from weekly to fortnightly until October half term 2020. The frequency will then be reviewed as this may change again due to COVID and the needs of the SENCO community.
The Peterborough SENCO Forums run in parallel to the 'Peterborough SENCO Network' - which is our co-produced SENCO Network and there are now two training dates in term 1 2020/21 - Please click on this link to be taken to the Peterborough SENCO Network page.
Education Health and Care Plan Questionnaire
Education Health and Care Plan Questionnaire
Letter to parents
Further information about the interim requirements and a copy of the letter to parents/carers with the questionnaire is available here.
Thank you to everyone who was able to complete and send back the questionnaire. The online questionnaire closed on 30 June 2020.
You may wish to still complete the questionnaire with the school in order for your views to be recorded regarding the arrangements that are in place and how they are working.
Your setting/school/college will be in contact with you and your child/young person over the next few weeks to discuss the provision in their EHCP and how that is to be delivered. A record of that conversation will be made and sent to you and the LA. This record will be kept with your child/young person's EHCP.
You can find a paper copy of the questionnaire to download here.
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.
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….
You can also view documents to support the webinars:
Other resources for professionals can be found below:
- Peterborough Educational Psychology Service Covid-19 Resource Pack for Professionals Working with Children and Young People.
- Looking after ourselves, staff wellbeing
EPS Covid-19 Related Critical Incident Response
This document provides details of the support the Educational Psychology Service can offer in the event of critical incidents related to Covid-19. You can view the document by clicking on this link
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
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.
- Hearing Impairment Activity Ideas to Support Home Learning – Early Years.
- Hearing Impairment Activity Ideas to Support Home Learning – Reception and Key Stage 1
- Hearing Impairment Activity ideas to Support Home Learning - Key Stage 2.
- Hearing Impairment Activity Ideas to Support Home Learning – Secondary and Post 16.
- Hearing Impairment Where to find advice and support for issues with hearing technology.
- Hearing impairment Deaf Awareness Week Newsletter May 2020
- Vision Impairment Useful Apps for children and young people with a vision impairment
- Vision Impairment FAQs if you feel you need the support of eye care services during Covid
- Multi Sensory Impairment Activity ideas and resources to support home learning
RNIB have put together guidance on how blind and partially sighted people can be guided safely during social distancing.
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.
Resources for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)/professionals
Peterborough SEND Hubs
May 2020 - SEND Hub communication during COVID 19
Southfields Primary, Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Send Hub
Ideas for home-based activities to support communication and language skills in primary aged children. The website has been updated to take account of Covid-19. It is useful for both parents and professionals. Access via the link below:
St John Fisher SEND Hub
Teaching Assistants training/CPD opportunities and tracking sheets
Tracking sheet (See the Tracking Sheet link in the Useful Documents column to download the excel spreadsheet)
The Hungry Little Minds is a campaign from the Department of Education launched in July 2019. The website is aimed at families with children aged from newborn to five years old. It has short videos of activities parents can do with their children and are broken down by age groups. As well as the videos there are more ideas and activities to try at home. Access via the link below:
The BBCs Tiny Happy People has some fabulous resources to help families to develop Speech, Language and Communication Skills at home. The website has been developed working closely with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. It has a collection of short videos demonstrating interaction broken down by age groups starting with pregnancy to five year olds. Access via the link below:
Afasic voice for life
Visual 'Boredom Busters'
Information and resources from Sheffield NHS Trust for children with additional needs:
Ideas to support communication and language development at home
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
Can you break the Emoji Codebreaker?
Produce your own Daily Diary
Have a look at a Workout Plan here
I can Tell the Time Activity Pack
Write your own News Article