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This page includes the latest SEND news from Suffolk County Council and our partners.

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2020


Suffolk's 6 month review letter from the DfE/NHSE

January 2020

We have recently received our 6 month review letter from the DfE/NHSE. This letter summarises the meeting that took place on the 26th November 2019. 


2019


Joint statement from Suffolk Parent Carer Network and Suffolk County Council

November 2019


SEND specialist provision

November 2019

Following previous requests for expressions of interest from mainstream schools, Suffolk County Council has identified a number of suitable providers to develop units across Suffolk in 2020.


The Department for Education announced on Monday 4 November that the national trial of the single route of redress will be extended from 31 March 2020 to 31 August 2020.

November 2019

The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a national trial. 


Suffolk Parent Carer Network - Annual Parent Carer Satisfaction Survey

November 2019

Thank you for responding to the Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) survey and sharing feedback about your experiences of education, health and care services in the last 12 months. 


New EHC Plan Annual Review Paperwork and Moving into Adulthood Plans

November 2019

The new Education Health and Care Plan Annual Review documentation has now been uploaded to the Local Offer website.


Review of Education Services for Children and Young People with a Hearing Impairment

November 2019

In 2018 Suffolk County Council commissioned a review of its services for children and young people with a hearing impairment.


Suffolk’s SEND Strategy 2017-2020, Parent Carer Update - Issue 4

October 2019

Our regular update for parents and carers to keep you informed about what we’re doing to implement Suffolk’s SEND Strategy.


SEND Youngsters stars of disability hate crime awareness video

October 2019

A group of youngsters from Suffolk with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are the brave stars of a hard-hitting video aimed at raising awareness of hate crime.


Change in Policy Regarding Registration of Pupils Attending PRUs

October 2019

You may be aware of very recent publicity regarding Ofsted’s definition of off-rolling children being broadened to include children who have transferred from a school roll to a PRU roll. In response, Suffolk County Council has identified the need to update its guidance to schools and PRUs.


Invitation to Market Engagement Event

October 2019

Suffolk County Council is seeking to procure the delivery of a Programme for Parent Carers of young people in Suffolk with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability).


Department for Education consultations and information regarding support for pupils with medical conditions

The information contains:

1 Government consultations on restraint and school transport
2 Support for medical conditions

September 2019


Suffolk’s SEND Strategy 2017-2020, Parent Carer Update - Issue 3

September 2019

A regular update for parents and carers to keep you informed about what we’re doing to implement Suffolk’s SEND Strategy. Issued on behalf of Suffolk County Council, the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups, and Suffolk Parent Carer Network.


Free Infant Language Link and Speech Link packages and training for primary schools in Suffolk


August 2019

We are giving all mainstream primary schools in Suffolk access to Infant Language Link and Speech Link support packages FREE of charge for the 2019/20 academic school year.


Proposed new model for Children, Young People and Families Mental Health services in East and West Suffolk

August 2019

After gathering your feedback and listening to what you’ve said, here's what we think the new proposed model for children's mental health services would be like.


Suffolk’s SEND Strategy 2017-2020 - Parent Carer Update - Issue 2

Published June 2019

A regular update for parents and carers to keep you informed about what we’re doing to implement Suffolk’s SEND Strategy. Issued on behalf of Suffolk County Council, the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups, and Suffolk Parent Carer Network.


New co-produced factsheets published

Published May 2019

There’s two new factsheets on the website that can be found on the landing page for Education.


Test the new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Support Wheel

Published May 2019

To help children, young people and their families source support for their needs we have developed a new tool that simplifies and improves the search facility on the Suffolk Local Offer website.


Funding secured for new SEND school in Suffolk

Published April 2019

Suffolk County Council has been successful in its bid to the Department for Education for a new free school to create educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


Suffolk’s SEND Strategy 2017-2020 - Parent Carer Update

Published March 2019

Issued on behalf of Suffolk County Council, the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups, and Suffolk Parent Carer Network.


Have your say on proposed future speech, language and communication services

Published March 2019

Parents, carers and those who work with children and young people in Suffolk with specialist speech, language and communication (SLC) needs have been invited to have their say on a proposed new model for delivering services.


Development of New Specialist Education Placements

Published March 2019

The Council is seeking expressions of interest from mainstream schools or specialist providers who would like to develop specialist provision for secondary age learners in the west and north of Suffolk for September 2019 onwards.  


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities inspection revisit

Published March 2019

More work is still needed if children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are to get the quality of support they deserve.


Green light from Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet to develop more specialist education placements in Suffolk to meet growing demand

Published January 2019

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet has agreed recommendations to move forward with creating more specialist education places in Suffolk.


Plans to create more places for specialist education in Suffolk

Published January 2019

The Cabinet will review recommendations put forward by a cross-party Policy Development Panel on Tuesday 29 January 2019.


SEND 16+ Transitions Guide

Published January 2019

This guide is for parents/carers of children and young people on SEND support or who have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP). Suffolk County Council has produced this guide in collaboration with parents, carers, and providers of education and health services.


2018

Health Check Campaign 14 - 25 years

Published October 18

Did you know that if you are aged 14 and over and have a learning disability, you can ask your doctor for an Annual Health Check?


High Needs Funding Update

Published July 18

Following the high needs funding consultation in Spring of this year the decision has been made to implement the new funding arrangements from September 2018.


New Specialist Education Places in Suffolk

Published July 18

Further to the update we provided in March 2018, regarding our desire to commission some additional, local, small group provision to cater for a variety of needs, we are pleased to inform you we received considerable interest from a number of different educational establishments.


SEND Programme Board Update

Published April 2018

Following the April meeting of the Suffolk SEND Programme Board, which is the group that oversees the implementation of the Suffolk SEND Strategy and Statement of Action, we are providing a progress update on the first two sections of the action plans.


SEND Programme Board

Published March 2018

It is now over a year since SEND Services in Suffolk were inspected and while we have been working very hard across education, health and care services to make improvements for the long term.


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