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Welcome from Jacky Forster, chair of the Cheshire East 0-25 SEND Partnership Board
Hello and welcome to the latest issue of SENDing you the news, with all the latest updates from the 0-25 SEND Partnership.

We continue to work very closely with the Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum and really value all the feedback and contributions parents make to our development plans. I hope you are all keeping safe and with all the Covid restrictions that parents, carers, children and young people are still able to get the support needed. 

We continue to work with schools to look at how they meet needs when pupils are required to isolate. We are all committed to supporting children and young people to catch up and keep on track with their education.

I hope that you find this issue informative and can I take this opportunity again to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment to our children and young people with SEND this year and please stay safe.

Message from Mandy Dickson, co-chair of the Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum 
It's been a busy few months for our parent representatives and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our team of volunteers for stepping up and working so hard while juggling all their caring responsibilities and everything else life throws at us!

Read more on the recent work of the Parent Carer Forum here 
Frequently asked questions on annual reviews
Following two successful question and answer sessions with Special Educational Needs Coordinators or SENCOs, we have now issued guidance with annual review meetings and forms. 

Find out more and read our frequently asked questions here

Autism support for schools 
COVID-19 restrictions have created both challenges and opportunities for the Cheshire East Autism Team (CEAT) in relation to their continuing support for children and young people with autism, their families and their schools.  Read more about how they are delivering the service and how to get in touch here
Praise for Wilmslow High School for autism award
Congratulations to the staff at Wilmslow High School for achieving a Nasen award for how they include and support children and young people with autism at their specialist resource provision.
Nasen (the national association for special educational needs) is a charity that supports all education practitioners. Their annual awards celebrate the achievements of individual and organisations within the special educational needs and disability (SEND) sector.
Read more here
Parent/carer virtual coffee mornings
The Cheshire East Council SEND locality managers would love parents and carers to join them for a virtual session on the dates below.

If you have any questions that you want to put to the SEND team in advance of the sessions then please email

So grab a coffee and join the teams on the follow dates:
  • Central session: Chris Broadhurst, 16 November 2020, 10.30am - 12.30pm
  • South session: Rebecca Boothroyd, 17 November 2020, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Read more including how to register here
Autism assessment, diagnosis, support and training
Covid-19 has been extremely challenging for all and our local health providers have been working hard to ensure that the autism assessments for children and young people have been able to continue during this time. 

Whilst there has been disruption, providers have been working within the Covid restrictions to deliver services.  Read more here
Cheshire East Council SEND team structure
Following a request from the Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum and due to a number of new starters within the Cheshire East Council SEND team, we have now shared a copy of the current structure with job titles, names and contact details.

Read more here
New Council for Disabled Children e-learning course
In September, Cheshire East welcomed the opportunity to work with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) when they delivered their virtual training in Holistic Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

The training was really well received, and we are really pleased that the CDC have now announced the launch of this training as a free self-guided e-learning course.

Read more here
Healthwatch Cheshire East needs your views
Your opinions on health and care issues are really important to us. One way you can get involved and share your views and experiences is by being a member of our Citizens Focus Panel.

The Citizens Focus Panel is designed to enable us to get feedback on particular topics from a set group of Cheshire residents on a regular basis. This would entail us sending you very short online surveys throughout the year, which you can complete on your computer, tablet or phone.

Read more including how to register here
Parent Carer Forum Annual General Meeting
We will be holding our Parent Carer Forum AGM on the 12 November 12pm -2pm. We would love to see as many of you there as possible. Our speaker is Oliver Jude who is a young man with additional needs who has been through the system and has an inspiring story to tell about his amazing journey.
If you are interested in attending please register your attendance via Eventbrite first and a Microsoft Teams invite will follow
High needs funding
In 2019, a multi-agency working group of the Schools' Forum developed a proposed new model for allocating High Needs top-up funding to children and young people with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

The proposed model aims to link the allocation of funding with the individual needs of a child or young person through the completion of a Banding Descriptors 'matrix' with descriptions of different types and levels of SEN (thereby mirroring the structure of our Cheshire East Toolkit for SEND).
Find out what has happened since here.
November Children's Rights Month
November Children's Right's Month (NCRM) is now in full swing, and we are dedicating the whole month to raising awareness of children's rights, making it clear to children and young people that we value their opinions.

The theme this year is mental health, and you can support the campaign by selecting one or more of the opportunities, all of which have been put together to give you an opportunity to reflect on the mental health issues that children and young people face every day across Cheshire East.

Read more here
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