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Update from Amanda Burrows, Babcock LDP SEND Advisor
On 21st October and 5th November we held our first ever virtual SEND Network meeting.

During the meeting we had a useful session from our Babcock LDP colleagues, Catherine and Matt from Education Psychology and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team regarding relational practice which was really well received by everyone. You can access more information about this here.

Amanda gave an Ofsted update, discussed the SEND Funding Evaluation Tool and highlighted useful contacts for new (and experienced!) SENCOs amongst other SEND updates.

After the break, our DCC 0-25 colleagues hosted a fantastic question and answer session regarding EHC Hub and reviews. This created lots of questions and highlighted that the new system is working well but there are, understandably, a still a few teething problems. Our DCC colleagues suggested that you can email your constructive feedback about the new system to 

You can also use this email for general support or you can call 01392 380434 (option 2)

Finally, if you were unable to attend the session, you can watch a video of the event which will be available for the next month here.
Devon County Council: SEND Transformation Project
What is the SEND Transformation project?

You may have started to hear about the SEND Transformation Project and wondered what it is.

DCC are currently working together with partner agencies to transform the experience of children and young people with SEND and their families.

The project underpins Devon County Council, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partner organisations commitment to ensuring that every child with a special educational need or disability (SEND) has the best start in life and the opportunity to thrive.

Through this transformation project, DCC and its partner agencies hope to change the way children and young people with SEND and their families are supported so that they are listened to, have the support they need at the right time and have the guidance they need as they transition into adulthood.

To read the latest update about the project and for more information click here
Babcock LDP: Communication and Interaction Team - Last chance to book training - course next running 2021
Are you looking for high quality autism training to improve your knowledge and practice?

Then the Good Autism Practice 4 module course is the one for you.
The Good Autism Practice training has been designed to support all practitioners working directly with pupils on the autism spectrum to develop their practice. It is supported by the
Autism Education Trust and by Department of Education.
This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in both mainstream and specialist services. 

Training objectives:
  • Enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and understanding of good autism practice
  • Provide guidelines and activities to support practitioners to reflect on and improve their own practice
You will need to be quick as spaces are filling up fast. For more information about the course content click below:


Or book direct here

Reminder to book: FREE training 18th November 20 AUTUMN SLCN Network Meeting

The Autumn 2020 SLCN network meeting will offer advice and examples of targeted approaches to vocabulary with a focus on maths concepts, signposting for resources to develop schools' understanding of DLD and an introduction to communication-friendly learning environments.

This is a free training opportunity open to all Devon LA Primary Schools to further your SLCN development and to share effective strategies The training is open to all Devon LA Primary Schools to further your SLCN development and to share effective strategies.

This opportunity is open to Sendco's and Teachers as it focuses on whole school development of SLCN provision.

The session will be led by the Speech and Language Therapist and Advisory Teacher for Speech and Language in your area.

Book your virtual space
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) eLearning (SEMH/SLCN) Volunteers required
Research shows that:
  • 81% of children with emotional and behavioural disorders have significant unidentified language deficits
  • Children with poor vocabulary at 5 are one and a half times more likely to have mental health problems at age 34 and children with a history of SLCN are 2.7 times more likely to have a social phobia by age 19. Pragmatic skills at age 9yrs can be a predictor of SEMH difficulties in adolescence
  • Children with language difficulties have a worse quality of life in terms of moods and emotions and are more at risk in terms of social acceptance and bullying
  • People with a primary communication difficulty are at greater risk of a secondary mental health disorder, commonly anxiety or depression
  • Language difficulties are common in children presenting to mental health services
  • Young offenders with delayed higher order language skills were found to be at high risk for mental health problems
The RCSLT are looking for volunteers who work in a range of workforces across health, education and social care to trial their SEMH/SLCN elearning and provide feed back to them.

The RCSLT have 2 blocks of time for this process; 4-18 December 2020 for the initial modules and then 15-29 January 2021 for the subsequent modules.

If you or your colleagues would like to take part, please get in touch with Lucy Adamson (Project Coordinator, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists)

DiAS Update
New resources to help parents work with professionals
DiAS has launched a range of new information and resources for parents and carers about building good day to day relationships with professionals and getting the most out of meetings.
Informed by parents and SENCOs, the information offers lots of practical advice and ideas to help parents prepare well for meetings, keep day to day communications running smoothly and share their views. Resources include top tips, questions to ask, a form to use in meetings and a guide to virtual meetings.
All information is freely available on our website here
space* Update
New online sessions for young people with SEND

Not heard of Space*?

Space*  pride themselves on quality youth work; they plan effectively, deliver with energy and evaluate thoroughly. They have county wide staff who have been youth workers for 30+ years working alongside young and newly qualified Youth Workers, which gives them a dynamic skillset.

Recently they have set up "No Blocks". This is an online session for young people with SEND to meet others safely, make new friends and have fun.

For more information about the services that Space* offer click here.
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