Weekly SEND Update 3rd July 20
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Welcome from Jeanette Savage, Babcock LDP Strategic Lead for SEND and Inclusion
During these unprecedented times we are mindful of the need to keep in touch with you and share useful information but understand that you are probably being inundated. Coverage of the pandemic is everywhere and we appreciate that this can be overwhelming.

So that we can share information with you efficiently, we will be sending you a weekly SEND Update email, each Friday, to share the latest communications and relevant SEND news that will support you through this period.

We are committed to support you, so that you can continue to provide excellent SEND support for children and young people in Devon. We know that your focus is now on helping to make sure they are safe and well, for some of our young people this is complicated and we are happy to talk plans for support through with you.

If there are any issues, areas or ideas that you would like us to cover, you can contact me directly (Jeanette.savage@babcockinternational.com) or use the individual team addresses below.

With very best wishes and stay well

Update from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEN Adviser
As promised in last week's update, Amanda has produced guide number 8 in the the How could I? series that addresses returning to school for SEND learners. Click below to read more:

SENCo Guide 8.pdf

All other guides can be read here
The response from SENCOs to the guides that Amanda has produced during the lockdown period has been extremely positive. If there are any issues or themes that you would like advice or guidance about, please feel free to contact Amanda.burrows@babcockinternational.com 

The SEND Helpline for SENCOs is available daily 12.30-4 during term time. You can contact us on 01392 287248 or email LDP-sencohelpline@babcockinternational.com

(Note that any enquiries related to named individuals under-going statutory assessment of need, transfer reviews or annual review process should be directed to DCC 0-25 SEN Team  01392 380434 email specialeducation@devon.gov.uk
Update from Devon County Council 0-25 team regarding EHC Hub
Following feedback from schools, professionals, parents and young people the system we use to manage EHC Plans has been improved.

The Education, Health and Care (EHC) hub can now be used to plan for Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP) reviews due to take place in the autumn term.

This can be accessed here

The EHC hub supports the whole review process from sending meeting invites to submitting the final report. Full guidance including training videos can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/SEND under practitioner support.

When inviting professionals please use the Teams option as this invitation will then be shared with the correct person to respond (please see guidance for further info)
You will have been e-mailed a link to login to the Hub.
If this has not been received please contact our team. 01392 380434 or educationsystems@devon.gov.uk

We are still in the process of adding EHCPs to the hub so you may find that not every child with a plan in your setting is currently available. We are working hard to upload every plan as soon as possible. We have prioritised those due in the autumn term first.

Latest Update from Department of Education 
  • Guidance for full opening - schools
  • Guidance for full opening - special schools
Following the latest government update on 2nd July 20, click here to read guidance of what school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do to prepare for the full opening of schools in September.

Read here for special schools and specialist settings
Update from Babcock LDP Early Years Consultancy Team 
Read the latest newsletter from our Early years colleagues. It contains advice about planning for transition, speech and language advice and much more. Click below to read: 

EYFS and SENDCo EYFS Newsletter 5 June 2020.pdf

Communication and Interaction team update
  • Resources to support successful transition for children and young people with autism and speech, language and communication needs
This term Babcock LDP C & I team would usually be focusing on, planning and supporting Children and Young People (CYP) in preparation for their school transitions in the autumn term (September).

However due to the current pandemic of Covid 19 'transition work' has been an ongoing task since March 2020; when lockdown measures began significantly impacting upon the delivery of CYPs education. This transition work has taken many forms, for example schools have had to adapt to educating CYP through virtual learning platforms and at the same time Teachers have had to develop families' confidence and skills to enable them to teach within a home learning context. To support schools and parents t
he C&I team have created and collated resources that will support transition back to school, these include:

Supporting back to school transition.pdf

Teaching Waiting Skills.pdf

Transition from home to school.pdf

Social stories:

Covid19 Social Story School is Opening.pdf

I Can Wear a Mask Social Story.pdf

ppe social story.pdf

Resources fromReachout ASC:

Back to school Map of considerations for settings.pdf

We will be going back to school sometime.pdf

Easy read Safe in school.pdf

How can I be safe in school.pdf

My lockdown experience.pdf

Teenager Guide to returning back to school.pdf

Transition resources.pdf

Resources from Autism Education Trust: 

Transition Toolkit Autism Education Trust.pdf

Other resources:
Transition leaflet for parents example from a school.pdf

Oral Defensiveness.pdf

All about me.pdf

About my feelings.pdf
Babcock LDP: Confidence and Competence in delivering PSHE, Virtual conference, 8th July 2020
In our 19th June update we highlighted details of an exciting CPD opportunity to virtually attend a free PSHE conference delivered by Babcock LDP. This has proved very popular and the event on 8th July is now full.

However, if you didn't manage to sign up, don't worry, you can register your interest for the event to run again here.
Signposting: Action for children support for parents
Every parent needs a little help sometimes, and especially during lockdown. As a SENCO you could signpost your parents to Action for Children especially for advice during the summer holidays.
Action for Children are offering online parenting support for families with children aged 0-19. From where to go for help, to coping with challenging behaviours, to how to keep your children entertained at home - find advice and practical help here:

Have a question about parenting? Action for Children's online coaches are available for free, confidential 1-1 live chat. We're here to listen and support parents.
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Action for Happiness have created some lovely inspiring posters that you could display around school (or home!) Click here to download your set.
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