Babcock LDP SEND Update for all Devon SENCos and SEND Staff Oct 20
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Date 19th Oct 20
FAO: SENCo and SEND Staff
Welcome from Jeanette Savage, Babcock LDP Strategic Lead for SEND and Inclusion
Welcome back! I expect that Summer feels a long time ago but I do hope that you all managed to enjoy some of the decent summer weather and step away from the pressures and intensity of work.
I know that you have all had to work hard to encourage children and young people back to school, and then to ensure that their SEN needs are met, despite the restrictions around Covid. This has been a real challenge in some cases and many of you have worked incredibly well with the learner support teams and other agencies to be creative, flexible and innovative in order to achieve a successful transition back to school. This has meant listening to parental concerns and anxiety, as well as to staff, talking to your fellow senior leaders and flexing both your schools approach to minimising risk and how SEN provision has typically been delivered. We have seen many great examples of inclusive practice. Please do not hesitate to contact us whenever you have a concern regarding meeting the needs for a child or young person, and remember you can also use the SEND Helpline for support.
DCC are keen to develop the range of resourced provision available throughout the county so if you are interested in this then please do contact DCC and submit an expression of interest by the 23rd October. If you wanted to talk this through you can talk to Beatrice Beer or to myself.
Devon are undertaking a SEND transformation project aimed at developing, strengthening and improving the support and experience of children and their families with SEND. The project plan can be accessed here, Devon are keen to hear your views so do get in touch.
Finally, we are expecting to be able to advertise for some new team members to join us shortly- so keep a look out in Devon Jobs.
I wish you all a happy and healthy half-term break make sure you get some 'me' time!
Best wishes Jeanette
Devon County Council: Expression of Interest in Setting up a Resource base within your school - response required by 23rd October 20
Devon County Council are interested in extending the special educational capacity within both primary and secondary schools by increasing the number of Resource Bases.
Devon County Council are looking to set up new resource bases within mainstream settings to increase the provisions for learners with Education. Health and Care Plans across the County. The number of new bases commissioned will be determined from the response received from mainstream schools.
For more detailed information including the criteria for selection pleaseclick here.
If your setting is interested in this opportunity you will need to respond by 23rd October 20.
For more information please contact:
Beatrice Beer, DCC SEN Manager - Strategic Lead for SEN Place PlanningBeatrice.email@example.com
Update from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEN Adviser
Support for SENCOs
SEND Funding Evaluation Tool update
Welcome to you all especially if you are new to the role!
Leading SEND in a school is both challenging and rewarding and we are here to support you as you seek to carry out this important responsibility.You can access support through our website pages here. Devon have their own website and support pages too, click here:
In addition, you can book to attend (free) SEND network meetings which will keep you updated with current practice and offer an opportunity to meet and network with other local SENCOs. Book through our SHOP here
If you wish to, you can also buy in traded SEND support. This is purchased through the SHOP too.
We have a SEND Helpline which is open on Tuesday afternoons 12-4.00pm. The number is 01392 287248 or email LDP-SencoHelpline@babcockinternational.com. We will seek to answer your queries and resolve any issues relating to SEND leadership that you might have.
Devon County Council SEN 0-25 team will now be doing most EHC plan reviews through Devon's online EHC Hub.
When you are invited to an ECHP Review you will also receive an invitation to register for the Hub. You will get this by e-mail. If you do not receive this, please check your junk and spam mailboxes.
By registering on the EHC Hub you will be able to; • Download and view a copy of the current plan for your child or young person • Accept/decline invitations to review meetings • Access any reports or advice submitted as part of a review • Share your views ahead of the meeting
Find out more and download the full SEN 0-25 guidance here
Update from Babcock LDP Communication and Interaction Team
The programme is for parents/carers of Devon school children aged between 7 and 18 pre or post diagnosis. We are excited to announce that we have negotiated and agreed access for families of CYP who are currently on the autism assessment pathway, in addition to families of CYP who have received an autism diagnosis.
Feedback from parents who have accessed the course previously has been very positive.
For more information click on the invite below. Please feel free to display this advert in your setting or add to your own newsletter.
Paul Lamanna, Babcock LDP, Professional Lead - Communication & Interaction Team Remodelling Update - September 2020
As you may all appreciate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is impacting on all aspects of school life for students, parents, staff and wider professionals. We will continue development and planning in respect of proposed service remodelling during this term and throughout the new academic year.
All C&I referrals received this term continue to be processed fortnightly:
Where specialist support identified, a team member has/will be in contact to arrange a visit (pending school RA's and CV19 guidance)
Where targeted support identified, they will be offered an appointment at a C&I virtual advisory clinic (starting w/o 2nd Nov 2020).
This term we are booking clinic cases directly into appointments from referrals held since CV19 lockdown. We need to maximise efficiency, due to the large number of cases on our clinic wait list. We have made these fixed appointments and hope as always setting staff will be able to make in-setting arrangements to be released. If you are unable to attend, please notify us at the below email, and we will schedule your appointment for the next cycle of clinic dates.
This term we will provide schools with the outline, process and format for advisory locality clinics starting in January 2021:
Expectation on staff attending (case evidence and preparation)
Proposal pending review:
To stop formal C&I referrals at this point (2020)
Commence virtual (Microsoft Teams Platform) C&I clinics for initial case enquiries
Settings will be able to book direct into a virtual clinic for their case(s)
Thank you for your understanding during this phase, and a massive well done for continuing to provide a safe, engaging and enjoyable experience to your students as they return to settings to experience the unfamiliar…..familiar. The enormous efforts and achievements by education during this period has been acknowledged widely across all agencies.
Our team of C&I advisory staff remain fully available for contact during this period, so please don't hesitate to contact them should you need guidance/advice to best support your students and families.
Our CV19 C&I webpage also contains many weekly themes that may be of benefit to your setting staff and parents/carers during these very different times, whilst many CYP adjust to changing expectations.
If I can provide any further guidance/advice at this stage, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Paul Lamanna, Professional Lead for Communication & Interaction
As a result of the ongoing interruptions to education and systemic challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a greater need for senior leaders to review their settings' approach to emotional health and wellbeing for all staff and pupils. Whilst this document is not driven by COVID 19 specific issues, it can be used to support children, young people and adults affected by the pandemic and lockdown period.
This document provides evidence based guidance for education settings and providers on ways to effectively support the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and pupils. It is structured around a 7 Factor Model for effective emotional health and wellbeing underpinned by research, and signposts schools to resources and support from local and national organisations.
How can schools use this document? This document can be used by school governors, senior leaders, SEN and pastoral staff to:
Understand the current local and national context around emotional health and wellbeing.
Identify areas of strength and weakness within current provision for the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and pupils which can feed into targeted CPD and school action plans.
Develop and embed an 'assess, plan, do, review' process for students with emotional health and wellbeing needs and identify resources to understand and assess need.
Identify evidence based assessments and interventions to support emotional health and wellbeing.
Understand a graduated response to emotional health and wellbeing e.g. universal, targeted and specialist support, including when referrals need to be made to other agencies.
Clarify support from and signpost to local and national organisations.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pathway
The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pathway has been developed in partnership with colleagues from CAMHS, School Nursing and Public Health to support education settings to identify need, implement effective interventions and source appropriate external support in a graduated way. The Pathway follows the I THRIVE Framework which is a person centred and needs led approach to supporting mental health needs.
Other useful information and strategies to support Social, Emotional and Mental Health can be found by clicking here.
Update from Babcock LDP Sensory and Physical Team
Don't forget you can access all our resources, many that were produced over the lockdown period, to support children and young people with sensory impairments here. Documents include caring for assistive listening devices, setting up your classroom to include a CYP with a sensory impairment, supporting wellbeing and much more.
For more information please contact Lian Badcock, Professional Lead for Sensory and Physical Team. Lian.firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE: 23rd October 20
Free WEBINAR & VIRTUAL WORKSHOP supported by Devon Children & Families Partnership (DCFP)
SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH (SEMH) & SPEECH, LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION NEEDS (SCLN)
Who is it for?: For all professionals across education, health and social care working with children, young people and adults.
Fully funded - no charge for attending
For more information and how to book, click below:
SEND Signposting: Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) guidance for parents, carers, children and young people about SEND
Our colleagues at DiAS are a dedicated team offering legally-based and easily accessible information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They support parents, carers, children and young people with SEND and their service is impartial and confidential.
SEND Signposting: Speechlink - free training webinars for subscribers
Does your setting subscribe to Speech link?
If so, Language Link are providing two new user training webinars (free for subscribers).
These 2 free twilight sessions will be hosted by Heather Stevens, speech and language therapist, on:
November 10th 3.30-5.00 November 17th 3.30-5.00
If you wish to register to attend, please contact the Help Desk. Registration is limited to one booking per school, although there is no limit on the number of school staff watching this session at the same monitor.
SEND Signposting: Widgit ONLINE
Do you use Widgit?
Please find below a link to free symbol resources by Widgit- some are specifically related to Covid-19 whilst others are more generic e.g visual timetables.
They are suitable for teachers as well as parents/carers and other professionals who use symbols to support children/young people.
Widgit have also worked with professionals in the healthcare sector to create a range of resources for patients and professionals.