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Bexley LA - SEND Newsletter
Sign up for the Bexley LA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Newsletter! This newsletter has been relaunched and aims to provide you and your child/young person with information and updates to ensure you are aware and informed of latest news, developments and services for children & young people with SEND aged 0-25 in Bexley. We are aiming to provide you with a termly newsletter, but are of course happy to be guided by you if you feel you the frequency should be more or less often.We are keen to hear from you so please contact us about what you would like to see in this newsletter and if you know of ‘anything’ locally that is relevant to special needs and disabilities for children and young people, that other parents/carers and young people would like to hear about.Please use the email address below to provide us with feedback: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukSign up today!(Click the link, add your email, scroll down to the bottom of the long list to click the Special needs and disabilities newsletter). https://www.bexley.gov.uk/stay-informed-about-subjects-you-choose
EHC Plans - What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?
The EHC plan (Education, Health and Social Care) came into force in September 2014 as part of the Children and Families Act. They have replaced 'Statements of Education'. It has joined education, health and social care services to plan services together by law - so when their children are assessed, parents will be assured they will get full provision to address their children’s needs. Not all children and young people will require and EHC Plan. There is now SEN Support in place in all schools to ensure that children who do not meet the criteria for an EHC plan, will still have the right to have their individual needs met.
School SEN Information Reports and Policies
Every educational setting (school, college etc.) is required, by the Children and Families Act 2014, to have its own individual special educational needs (SEN) offer. There are 2 main sources of information: (2 separate documents).They are referred to as a:SEN Information Report (also called a school local offer)SEN Policy Sometimes schools use a different name for their SEN information report.School SEN OfferLocal OfferSEN information Although this can be confusing it is highly likely that an official document with SEN in the title and without policy next to it is the schools version of their SEN information report. Where can I find them?Both these documents should be available on each schools website. You can also ask the schools office to give you a printed copy of their SEN information report. What if I can’t find it?We cannot tell you exactly where to find each report because each schools website is slightly different. If you have any difficulty finding a settings 'Local Offer' or 'SEN information report' please contact the educational setting directly.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
30 Mar
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic. Please click the link below to visit our dedicated coronavirus page providing information, advice and support including easy read guides. http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/5778 The Bexley Local Offer service continues to offer information by telephone and email. Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5677 The Bexley IASS service continues to offer information to parents and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues. Email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5976 Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 London Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of you will have friends, family, neighbours and other support networks to help you, but we are here if you need our help. Whether you need someone to get shopping, pick up other essentials, or to give you information, guidance and advice, please call us. The helpline will be open from 8am to 6pm. The number to call is 020 3045 5398. We will work closely with Bexley’s brilliant voluntary sector and local volunteers to ensure you get the help you need. Bexley SEND Education/Schools Service update message- Dear parent/carer, As you will be fully aware, the government has issued guidance on what we all need to do and can do to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools and all childcare providers are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Please do contact your child’s school in the first instance to enquire about the school’s offer and opening times. The Local Authority is working closely with all schools and partners to ensure children and young people with EHC Plans, children who are vulnerable and have a social worker, and of course children of key workers are receiving education and can access/attend their school. This applies if you as the parent/carer chose to send your child to school from next week onwards or require childcare in as your work is classed as critical to the Covid-19 response. You will appreciate that this is a testing and difficult time for each and everybody in the community. Schools are working very hard to ensure they can meet needs of the most vulnerable children and young people, whilst also dealing with and managing staff absences and keeping their staff (and their own families) as well and safe as possible. We appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty and worry for you and your family, but please be reassured that we will continue to support you the best we can. We are providing a range of advice and resources via the Local Offer website, so please do make use of this and feedback to us if there is anything missing. We would also welcome you sharing resources you will be using with your children, so that it can be shared for other parents in the community for ideas! We will keep you updated of any developments. Stay safe and well! Government education arrangments including EHC Plans, SEN Statutory Assessments and legal obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. 24th March - DfE letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - please download a copy of the letter from the panel.
Travel Assistance Application Notice - March 2020
18 Mar
Travel Assistance Notice - March 2020 The travel assistance team have recently sent a letter to parents/carers for the need to re-apply for travel assistance for children falling into the criteria set out below: You are required to re-apply for travel assistance if your child/young person falls into any of the following categories: · Moving from Nursery to Reception class · Transferring from Primary to Secondary school (even if staying within the same school) · Transferring from Secondary to Sixth Form or College (even if staying within the same school) · Any young person over the age of 16 or will be 16 years old as of the 1st September 2020 · Change in circumstances/needs e.g. you have or are moving home; your child is changing School/College destination address, your child’s needs change. The travel assistance applications admissions window is open between the 2nd March and the 31st of May. Applications received before midnight on the 31st of May 2020 will be assessed and parents will be informed if travel assistance has been granted for the start of the 2020/21 academic year by the 30th of June 2020. If you have any urgent queries about the application process, please contact the Travel Assistance Commissioning Team by emailing: tact@bexley.gov.uk.
Report for parent/carer questions asked during the October 2019 SEN conference with answers from the Local Authority
16 Mar
Report for parent/carer questions asked during the October 2019 SEN conference with answers from the Local Authority Introduction In October 2019 Bexley Local Authority held its’ first Parent Conference on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The focus was on children at the SEN Support Stage of the Code of Practice. Parents and carers who attended rated the conference very highly, and the Local Authority agreed to provide written answers to parent/carer questions that were not answered due to time constraints. The questions and answers are detailed in the report available for download below: