DfE announce multi-million pound investment in SEND
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Welcome to the January newsletter, where today we bring news of the Department for Education's announcement of a multi-million pound investment in SEND.

As usual, you are also receiving the latest news from the SEND sector. Read on for details on news updates, training and useful resources for your practice.


I hope you have a great rest of the week,


Daphne Henderson-Figueroa
Communications and Membership Officer
dhenderson@ncb.org.uk

News


DfE announce multi-million pound funding for SEND

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has today announced the first tranche of funding to support implementation of the SEND reforms in 2016-17. DfE have announced funding for four sums of money and included in this is their commitment to fund the Independent Support programme for a further financial year. To read the full press release please click here.

 

Local Area SEND inspector recruitment

In October 2015, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission published a consultation about local areas’ obligations towards children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This was to inform a new way of inspection which will begin from May this year. There were more than 2,000 responses. In February, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will publish a report about the consultation outcomes.
 
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are currently seeking suitably qualified practitioners to join their inspection teams for this important work. The closing date for applications is 1st February 2016 and successful applicants should currently be working in, or have recent experience in, a local authority and have, or have had, responsibility for strategic planning or management of services to children and young people with SEND. For vacancy details, go to http://ow.ly/WHRni.

 

Updated Continuing Care Guidance

The Department of Health has published the updated National Framework for Children and Young People’s Continuing Care following a public consultation. It sets out how Clinical Commissioning Groups can meet the needs of children and young people under 18 who require more support than is available from universal or specialist services.
 
The guidance stresses the importance of linking Continuing Care with other health, social care and education services and the key elements of the Children and Families Act, such as coordinated assessments with Education Health and Care Plans. For more, click here.
 

Get Involved

 

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

The Media Trust is putting on some fantastic training for young people aged 16-25 and living in London, Birmingham or Manchester. Through a mix of masterclasses, training and mentoring, their programme will develop the tools, contacts and skills needed to launch a career in the media or advertising industry. If you know someone who would like to take part, contact youngleaders@mediatrust.org for an application form or apply here. Closing date for applications is the 31st January 2016.       
     

Disability Matters Call For Evidence

Disability Matters have partnered with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to promote the importance of inclusion and access for all disabled children and young people aged 0 - 25 years. They are collecting evidence and case studies to highlight the positive ways that people are working pro-actively, enabling inclusion and making services accessible. Please share your views by completing this short online survey. The survey closes on Friday 11th March.

 

Improving Information in Identifying Children Missing Education

The Department for Education is consulting on proposals to improve the way it provides local authorities with the information they need to identify children missing education. These plans to require schools to report when they add or remove a pupil’s name from their pupil admissions register will make amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. Closing date is 7th March 2016

We want to know what children and young people think about CDC and NCB’s new website promoting children and young people’s rights when using the NHS www.getyourrights.org Please encourage children and young people to look at the website and give feedback through this online survey.

They can enter a prize draw to one of two £25 shopping vouchers for taking part. The survey closes at the end of this month and the prize draw winner will be notified shortly after.

Resources


What do the SEND reforms mean for Early Years settings?

This briefing summarises SEN and disability responsibilities in the early years and can be used by settings to review their progress in implementing the reforms.What does this mean for early years settings? To read the briefing please click here http://bit.ly/1PpvFkO

 

New gap year website launched

Taking a gap year is an option that many young people choose after finishing school. A brand new website has just been launched for disabled young people thinking about taking a year out. It offers advice, case studies and information on where to get started on planning a year away. Take a look here

 

Communicating the Curriculum

This is a new resource that supports primary schools to define and monitor children’s progress in spoken language. It helps to show how Programme of Study statements can be broken down in relation to the typical stages of language development, and  also  how schools can use this to identify a pupil's progression. This will help schools to spot pupils who might be struggling with their spoken language and signposts to next steps and support for these pupils. Click here to view the resource. 

 

National Evaluation of the Independent Support Programme

DfE and CDC have commissioned NDTi to evaluate the Independent Support ProgrammeThis five-phase evaluation focuses on the question of “what works” in independent support. For more click here.


Anti-bullying resources for professionals

A new resource has been designed by CDC and the Anti-bullying Alliance to give education professionals advice on involving young disabled people to resolve bullying incidents. To view this click here. There is also guidance on what cyberbullying is and how to stop it. This can be viewed here.

Egg-citing competition time for children and young people!

Blind Children UK has launched an Easter themed art competition for children and young people with sight loss. It’s open now for entries (until 26 February)! For the winners, as well receiving an exciting selection of art supplies, they will be invited to attend a celebration event in Parliament, where their designs will be displayed for MP's to view in a week-long exhibition. Find out more about the competition here: http://bit.ly/1QmMTo0

Training and Events


From Surviving To Thriving: Reshaping public sector service delivery to meet the next spending review challenges

This event aims to provide some real insights into how the public sector can plan, prepare and executive changes at a micro and macro level to deliver real sustainable delivery service models in the face of financial cuts. Takes place on Tuesday 26th April in Manchester. Click here for more info.
 

Supporting young people with autism to go to and achieve at college

CDC member Ambitious about Autism will be launching a set of training resources for school, college and local authority staff to support effective school to college transition for young people with autism and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Copies of the resources will be provided with taster sessions of the training. Speakers from the Department for Education and Ofsted have been invited to give an update on the progress of the implementation of the reforms and the forthcoming Ofsted/ CQC area partnership inspections.
 
To book your place, contact training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or follow this link to the Succeeding at College event.

Job vacancy – Executive Headteacher, Haringey, London

TreeHouse School, the non-maintained special school for children and young people with autism, is looking for a new Executive Headteacher. The school supports children aged 4 to 19 years with autism and complex needs from local authorities across London and the Home Counties. To find out more about this opportunity and for an information pack, please contact John Carter at Veredus on 07725 607112 or email him at john.carter@veredus.co.uk see also https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/executive-headteacher-haringey-384753

Supporting young people with autism to go to and achieve at college

CDC member Ambitious about Autism will be launching a set of training resources for school, college and local authority staff to support effective school to college transition for young people with autism and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Copies of the resources will be provided with taster sessions of the training. Speakers from the Department for Education and Ofsted have been invited to give an update on the progress of the implementation of the reforms and the forthcoming Ofsted/ CQC area partnership inspections.
 
To book your place, contact training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or follow this link to the Succeeding at College event.


Working together to achieve good futures

Preparing for Adulthood will be holding a set of free workshops this spring for staff in colleges who have a responsibility for improving outcomes for young people with SEND. Participants will gain an understanding of statutory responsibilities, funding streams that can support education post 16 and developing partnership working in your area. To find a workshop taking place near you, please click here


Key Working Training

This one-day workshop is designed for professionals from the health, education and care sectors and builds on learning from the Early Support Programme. The training will empower professionals to work in partnership with young people and their families as well as support them in implementing the SEN and Disability reforms. For dates of next round of training please click here.

In March CDC will also be running a single post-16 focussed Key Working sessions in each region. They are open to all and will be looking at how the Preparing for Adulthood functions, principles and process match the key working functions. 


Effective EHC plans – new workshop

NatSIP is running workshops in London and York on Education, Health and Care plans for all education professionals who contribute to the assessment. Click here for more details.

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