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New and updated videos around SEND and EHC processes can be found on our SENDIASS YouTube channel

 

Helpline for parents and pupils around returning to education

Suffolk County Council Inclusion Service are aware that with the new term nearly here, many parents and pupils may have questions and anxieties around what the return to school or college might bring.  Most children and young people have not been routinely attending education for some time and while many pupils will be looking forward to returning with their friends, this could be a challenging time for some.

A helpline will be running from 23 August through to the end of September to respond to queries and concerns around the return to school for child(ren). 

If you have any questions or concerns the number to ring will be 0345 606 6172. The line will operate Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

 

If you would like to know what else the Suffolk County Council Inclusion Service has available for families at this time please read their Communication for Families Document (opens PDF)

 

Back to School project

With the plan for schools to welcome all year groups back from September, we thought it would be helpful to look at the resources currently available and bring them together in one place.

Working with Suffolk Parent Carer Network and Specialist services in Suffolk, we held two online chat sessions to gather views and concerns from parents and share ideas for how families can be supported through this difficult period.

We have developed an information video for parents and carers: 'Back to school - what you need to know

 

 

 

Events 

 

This term, due to Covid 19, our Training Officer will be offering some short online sessions for small groups of parents/carers along with some webinars for larger audiences – webinar details below.  She is also developing our digital resources.

We are starting with a series of informal sessions explaining the cycle of SEN support in schools and how parents and pupils are involved. Each session will focus on a different type of special educational need and will be supported by the Head or Lead Teacher from the specialist education service which advises schools around that particular type of SEN.

We are starting with:

SEN Support for pupils with specific learning difficulties on October 2nd  (Please see details below)

Regarding other training, we are taking a more flexible approach this term – we will wait and see which key issues or concerns emerge as children and young people go back to school/college and offer sessions to address these themes.

If you have any suggestions you can email us at: enquiries@suffolksendiass.co.uk

 

SEN support for pupils with specific learning difficulties.

This session will be supported by the County Lead Teacher for the Dyslexia Outreach service.

October 2nd , 10.30 to 11.30am.

Register here for the SEN Support for pupils with specific learning difficulties

View SEN Support for pupils with specific learning difficulties flyer (opens PDF)

 

SEN support for pupils with communication and interaction, and or social, emotional and mental health needs 

This session will be supported by the Lead Teacher for The County Inclusion Support Service (CISS).

October 6th, 6.00 to 7.00pm

Register here for the SEN Support for pupils with communication and interaction, and or social, emotional and mental health needs

View SEN Support for pupils with communication and interaction, and or social, emotional and mental health needs flyer (opens PDF)

 

 

 


 

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Annual Reviews Webinar

Parents can watch this free live webinar from anywhere with internet access.  The webinar explores:

  • the purpose of an annual review and an EHC Plan;
  • what the process involves & how you & your child can be involved;
  • the different kinds of review;
  • and what decisions can be made at the end.

If you register you will be sent a recording of the live webinar when it finishes, so if you are interrupted or cannot make the live time, you can watch it later and as many times as you like.

This was produced with, and for, parents & carers, but practitioners are welcome to register too.

Thursday 22nd October

6pm-7:15pm

Register for the Annual Reviews webinar

 

EHC needs assessment webinar

Parents can watch this free live webinar from anywhere with internet access.  The webinar explores:

  • What the law expects to happen before an EHC needs assessment is considered;
  • The purpose and threshold of an EHC needs assessment and when one might be requested;
  • Why a local authority might refuse and what your options are;
  • What happens if an EHC needs assessment is agreed;
  • Finalising an EHC plan

This was produced with, and for, parents & carers, but practitioners are welcome to register too.

If you register you will be sent a recording of the live webinar when it finishes, so if you are interrupted or cannot make the live time you can watch it later and as many times as you like. 

Thursday September 24th

6pm - 7:15 pm

Register for the EHC needs assessment webinar

 

SEND Governor Training

We are offering two linked webinars for school governors around statutory school responsibilities for supporting pupils with SEN, disabilities, and medical needs. 

Session One              October 13th              6pm – 7:15pm

Focusses on the cycle of SEND support, including the role of pupils, parents, and external services.

Session Two              October 14th              6pm – 7:15pm

Focusses on inclusion, support for pupils with medical conditions and equality duties for pupils with disabilities.

Bookings for these webinars is through Schools Choice governor training.

 

 

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Remember, there is more skills-based training which we offer and which has proved popular - Making Meetings Matter, Empower Your Child and the SEND Champion CourseFind out more.

Do let us know if you are interested in either of these workshops.  Email our Training Officer Sian at sian.monteith@suffolksendiass.co.uk with your contact details and postcode so we can build a wait list for the area in which you live.

Alternatively, If you know a group of parents or are part of a group who might be interested in receiving this or another workshop, do contact Sian so that she can explore a venue and time with you, which would suit your group. 

 

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