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To change or not to change, that is the question!

We're considering a name change and we'd like your help.  People who use our service tell us (and our own experience shows) that there is often confusion around our name.  This means we get mixed up with other services which have 'SEND' in their name.   So we could drop the 'SEND' part from our name, but make … Continue reading To change or not to change, that is the question!

Chance to vote! Which SENDIAS blogs have been the most helpful so far?

Hello SENDIAS Blog readers! Would you believe it has been nearly a year since we launched our SENDIAS Website? And what an immensely busy year it has been for us in the SENDIAS Service here in West Sussex. Along with many of you, we have experienced a fair amount of disruption over the past months, … Continue reading Chance to vote! Which SENDIAS blogs have been the most helpful so far?

Choosing a school – for those with EHCPs

If you have a child in year 5, with an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you will have recently received a letter from SENAT (Special Educational Needs Assessment Team) asking you to let them know your school preference for year 7. Or perhaps you are expecting or have just received your draft EHC Plan … Continue reading Choosing a school – for those with EHCPs

Introduction to Options after Year 11 Webinar

SENDIAS poster Would you like to know what opportunities there are after your young person finishes year 11? This recorded webinar is a short introduction to what young people could consider doing after they are 16. It focusses on those able to go to college or consider work at some point rather than those with … Continue reading Introduction to Options after Year 11 Webinar

Returning to Education and Childcare – who for and when?

There have been quite a few changes over the past few weeks in terms of who can go to school and when. Here is a current guide on those changes (as of 19th June 2020) Priority Groups Education and childcare settings have already been open to priority groups (vulnerable children and children of critical workers). … Continue reading Returning to Education and Childcare – who for and when?

Reviewing an EHC Plan (also known as Annual Reviews)

Despite the challenges at the moment due to COVID-19, formal reviews of a child’s or young person’s Education, Health & Care Plan should still be considered and completed where practicable. Temporary Changes due to COVID-19 Only the timings to the Annual Review process may have changed – The Government recently issued ‘Amendment Regulations’ to be … Continue reading Reviewing an EHC Plan (also known as Annual Reviews)

Guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) & EHC Need Assessments & Plans

A joint ministerial letter from the Department of Health & Social Care and the Department of Education was issued on the 30th April 2020, to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them. The letter sets out a temporary change to the … Continue reading Guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) & EHC Need Assessments & Plans

How to check your draft EHC Plan – guidance for parents

You have been through the EHC needs Assessment and have just received your draft EHC Plan - now what? Timescales If the Local Authority agree that an EHC Plan is needed, they must send the draft EHC plan (including the appendices containing the advice and information gathered during the EHC needs assessment) to the child’s … Continue reading How to check your draft EHC Plan – guidance for parents