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News Update – November 2020

Welcome to the November SEND News Update. I have included some more general educational updates as well as those for SEND as they may impact on you and your setting. REMINDER: The virtual SEND Conference will take place on 27th November. You can be part of the conference on the day, or watch the sessions later on when you have time. The videos are always available. This year there are …

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News Update – October 2020

As we get closer to half-term, I am sure that you are all looking forward to a well-earned break. This half term has been very tough and extremely challenging and I congratulate you all on your perseverance and commitment to supporting the children and young people in your schools and colleges. There have been a significant number of documents circulated during the last few weeks. I have brought them all …

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The TTS “Calming Cat”

Lorraine has recently had an article published in collaboration with TTS, where she reflects on what children have experienced during lockdown, how this might affect their return to school and what teachers can do to support them. Lorraine uses TTS’ “Calming Cat” as an example of new strategies which can support children and their different needs at this challenging time. Read more Here

Back to School Update

I hope that you have all managed to have a summer break although for many of you it will have been very different from other summers. I know many of you will have spent some time planning for the new term and trying to get to grips with what the “new normal” might look like. Over the summer there have been new documents, information and guidance from a number of …

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SEND Update – June 2020

I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and are coping with all the challenges that lockdown has given us. I am sure many of you are now back at school and living in your ‘bubbles’ and if you are not then you are continuing to support your pupils through home learning and regular catch-ups. I have been amazed at the way schools have gone the extra mile …

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Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of pupils, staff and families

In the last few weeks life has changed considerably for everybody but for those working in a school it has changed beyond recognition. At the beginning of next week it may all change again as we begin to see schools opening up to a larger group of children.   There is so much speculation at the moment about is it safe to open? Will there be enough space in schools? …

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News Update – May 2020

On Sunday 10th May the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set out the government’s “route-map” for bringing everyone out of lockdown. There were an awful lot of ifs, buts and maybes and a great deal of ambiguity in what he announced especially around the re-opening of schools. On Monday 11th May the Government published its 60 page UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy(Roadmap)   while the Department for Education (DfE) published two documents …

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News Update – Back to School September 2019

Welcome back to a new school year. I hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful summer and are fully prepared for the year ahead. In this back to school update I hope to bring you all the news, documents, policies and information that was published over the summer break. Major review on SEND announced On the 6th September the DfE announced they were going to carry out a …

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News Update June 2019

Welcome back – I hope you all had a relaxing half term and ready for the final push to the end of the school year. Statements of SEN and EHC Plans: England 2019 – DfE – May 30th This document outlines the statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs (SEN) and education, health and care (EHC) plans in England based on census data collected in January 2019. Key …

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Spring Term Update 2019

Some of you reading this will already be on your Easter break but many of you will be counting down the hours until Friday when you will get your well – deserved Easter holiday. I hope you all manage to get some rest and relaxation after a very long term. I have brought together the key SEND documents and information that have been launched this term (probably less than normal …

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