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Wycombe weekly newsletter 5th May 2021

Wycombe weekly newsletter 5th May 2021

Dear all,

It seems a long time ago now, but we hope you had a restful break over Easter.

Please see our newsletter along with supplementary information from Barnardo’s.

Enjoy your weekend.

Wycombe Hub

Our SEND IMPROVEMENT SURVEY  is now live!

This is part of the work we are doing regarding Preparation for Adulthood and we want as many young people with SEND to give us their views

Please can you circulate around to any SEND young people you work with or their support workers. This can be completed by anyone aged  12- 25 years, they will be routed to the questions relevant to their age group.

Currently there is no easy read version however  we  are looking at ways of getting one .  If anyone does need easy read then they can contact emily.dover@buckinghamshire.gov.uk  and she  will sort out a printed easy read version for you.

This is quite a good activity to do as part of PHSE and Emily has already visited a number of schools to explain what it is.

Here is the link;

https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/childrens-services/sendcyp-experience-2021/  and   Your Voice bucks

Shout out for SEND – Save the date !

Shout out for SEND is  a children and young person’s conference which we run annually. It helps us to really find out what children and young people think of our service and what we can do to  make it better .  We have agreed the  13th October, and  we will give you more information nearer the time. The conference runs for the day , again this can support PHSE and other aspects of the curriculum.

EPS Update

EP Virtual Consultation Sessions (VCS)

  • The school to contact Sonia Legg (Sonia.Legg@buckinghamshire.gov.uk) from the EP’s network group to arrange the virtual consultation session (VCS) at a mutually convenient time with the pro forma at least 5 working days in advance and a time slot to see if this is convenient with the EP. Flexibility may be necessary.  
  • Network Group 1 Dr Nick Jarrett (working Tuesday and Thursday), Network Group 2 Dr Isabel Gregory (working Tuesday and Wednesday) and Network Group 3 Dr Ann-Marie Faughey working full-time.
  • The VCS aims to provide a space for the school SENCo, Class teacher Head teacher to engage with the EP in a shared problem-solving consultation.
  • If individual children or young people are discussed during the VCS this must be done so anonymously, which means that no parental consent is required.
  • Each consultation will last for 30 minutes and the staff member is required to take notes. This is so the maximum contact with schools is possible. A scanned copy is sent to the EP with strategies, next steps, reflective of the discussion etc. for the EP to sign and return. The consultation will not be able to be used in an APDR school provision map without this signature.  
  • A proforma (attached) is required to be filled in at least 5 working days before the consultation or the meeting will not take place.
  • Given Dr Nick Jarrett and Dr Isabel Gregory pro rata hours, they will be holding VSC’s alternate weeks (below).

Dates starting w/b 17th May 2021 on the above respective EP days:

  • w/b 17th May 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory
  • w/b 24th May 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Nick Jarrett
  • Half term
  • w/b 7th June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory
  • w/b 14th June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Nick Jarrett
  • w/b 21st June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory
  • w/b 28th June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Nick Jarrett
  • w/b 21st June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory
  • w/b 28th June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Nick Jarrett
  • w/b 5th July 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory
  • w/b 12th June 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Nick Jarrett
  • w/b 19th July 2021: Dr Ann-Marie and Dr Isabel Gregory   Please complete the survey below by Wednesday 12th May.”
  • In order to tailor future training to be most useful and meet the existing needs of our schools, we are asking if you could complete the survey below to highlight areas of need within your schools at present.
  • […” becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.”]
  • “The Educational Psychology Team are looking to develop training for school staff around supporting pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). Under 6.32 of the SEN Code of Practice (2015), SEMH needs include:
  • If used this will result in 44 bespoke individual consultations, including the weekly solution circles work for each Network group. Please note that any significant and unexpected increase in the EHCNAs initiated during the Term may require us to review the proposed offer. Unfortunately, we continue to be unable to accept any requests for EP involvement directly from schools.

SEMH training needs survey

We look forward to receiving your responses!”

Let’s talk about Health

EHC Applications

  • Please make sure you include:
  • Parental/youth health response form
  • Individual Healthcare plan (IHP)
  • Medical reports

EHCP annual review

Please make sure you include a conversation about health needs at the annual review meeting and look at Sections C and G of the EHC plan

Please include the following in your paperwork submission to the local authority

  • Parental or youth Annual Review Health Response form
  • Individual Healthcare plan (IHP)
  • Medical reports

Also a note of whether the EHCP covers health needs relevant to their special educational needs and makes reference to any IHP need for medical conditions in school.

Nasen Launches Free Membership for All Individuals Across the UK


Nasen, the national association for special educational needs, is now offering FREE membership to all individuals across the UK! This is part of their commitment to ensuring expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is available to every school and setting.
 
Now more than ever, it is important that every part of the education workforce - from SENCOs to senior leaders, teachers to teaching assistants (TAs), local authorities to leadership boards and beyond - is equipped to understand, identify, and support those with SEND and learning differences.
 
The free membership will support the education workforce to become effective, inclusive practitioners by accessing the most up-to-date knowledge and support, rooted in research and evidence-informed best practice.

Join nasen’s membership community today, sign up here.

Download the new SENCO Workforce Survey 2020 findings, conducted
by Bath Spa University in partnership with nasen here.

Free COVID-19 information and resources can also be found here.

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