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NW SEND Regional Network News

August 2016

Dear colleagues

If there are particular areas of work or themes that you would like support with, activities or events then do let us know. We would also welcome any good news you have to share, or challenges you’d like to work with others to find solutions for, in order that we can share the learning across the North West. We welcome contributions to network activities, requests for connections for support, information about forthcoming events for future editions of this newsletter and new additions to the newsletter circulation list. For any of these please contact Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND Regional Network lead, Email: Tel: 0778 357 7284.

Gill Hoar

NW SEND Regional Lead, Oldham


NW SEND Regional Network events:


16.9.16 Children and Young People’s strategic social care leads and senior practitioners

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

There is one place for a Children’s Social Care rep and one place for an Adult’s Social Care rep per area.  Could you please ensure that you discuss between the two services who should be the representative from each and email one completed booking to:


25.10.16 9.30 for 10 – 3.30 Early years and SEND

The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN

Local authority and health leads for Early years SEND are invited to an action learning set led by Philippa Stobbs from the Council for Disabled Children. There are two places per local authority area. Places should be booked by email:


Post-16 events:

The Preparing for Adulthood Team are putting on two events (the same event twice) for schools and colleges in the Autumn term to support the development of the post-16 curriculum in line with the expectations of the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice. All young people from the age of 16 should be following employment focused study programmes and for those with EHC plans, the programmes should be personalised and informed by their aspirations and outcomes. These events will share good practice in the region and identify what else needs to be in place. The events will also provide an opportunity to strengthen partnership working. The dates and venues are:


17.10.16 9.30 – 4, Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Lancashire PR4 2PR


9.11.16 9.30 – 4, Partnership for Learning Training and Conference Centre, South Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9PZ


To register for a place at either event please email:


16.11.16 10 – 1, North West Preparing for Adulthood network

Venue to be identified

The next meeting of the North West Preparing for Adulthood network will focus on outcomes and other topics of interest.

To confirm attendance please email:



Other events in the North West

8.9.16 10 – 2.30, Expert Parent Programme and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

This workshop is aimed at parents and carers of disabled children and young people who would like to understand more about CAMHS to enable their own understanding and to benefit their own family. It may benefit families of children and young people who are current and potential users CAMHS, or those who are awaiting assessment in CAMHS. The FREE 4 hour workshop provides parents with an opportunity to explore how to get the most out of the CAMHS through a range of interactive activities and opportunities to share their knowledge within a safe and supportive learning environment. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


The Expert Parent Programme is a project which aims to support parent carers of disabled children and young people begin to understand how health services are arranged and commissioned (paid for) and equips them with a range of practical ideas and strategies to work together with professionals to try and maximise outcomes for their disabled child or young person and the whole family.

The Council for Disabled Children has adapted the original workshop to specifically explore services provided under Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This workshop is a pilot before it is rolled out widely across England.

NB This workshop will not provide specific information on CAMHS arrangements within local areas as these vary widely but they will provide parents with practical and useful information on engaging with CAMHS and also strategies to support them while waiting on CAMHS input.
It is hoped in the future that the workshop can be adopted by parent groups to deliver locally and adapted to reflect local arrangements.



8.9.16 Foundation Years Learn Explore Debate event

Kings House, King’s Church, Sidney St, Manchester M1 7HB

This event will offer an opportunity to find out more about a number of issues affecting the sector, including:

  • Early Years funding

  • 30 hours delivery

  • EYFS Framework assessment

  • Ofsted updates

  • Children’s dental health

  • Developments in healthy eating

To book a place please email


14.9.16 Children’s Rights and Brexit – Perspectives and Prospects.

University of Liverpool

21 & 22.9.16 Independent Support training – Legal and the Role of the Independent Supporter, Manchester


5 & 6.10.16 Bowel & bladder training workshop (about disabled children/teenagers)

Redbank House, Manchester

Further information:


15.11.16, Autism, A hands on approach. The 13th Annual National Conference organised by Professionals & Parents in Partnership

Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Further Details: Tanya Farley - 07966 399 709 or email:


17.11.16, Kidz to Adultz North, Manchester




New health data security standards and consent/opt-out model

This consultation seeks views on the proposed data security standards and the consent/opt-outs model from health and care professionals and organisations and the public.

This follows the independent review of data security, consent and opt-outs by National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott. The review includes:

  • 10 new data security standards

  • a method of testing compliance with these standards

  • a new consent model for data sharing in health and social care

Closing date: 7th September 2016


Early Years National Funding Formula


The Department for Education has launched the Early Years National Funding Formula consultation. It includes a chapter with proposals on SEND with the hope that these will help to improve access to the free entitlement for disabled children and to improve early years outcomes for children with SEND.


In summary the proposals relating to SEND are:

-     A new additional needs factor in the national to local funding formula. “We are proposing a basket of measures (deprivation, DLA and EAL) to capture this in how we allocate funding from the department to local authorities.”

-      A new targeted Disability Access Funding scheme – automatic funding to providers for each child in receipt of DLA. The mechanism for distribution will be similar to the current EY pupil premium but this lump sum of additional funding will be focused on improving access “(we haven’t been explicit on numbers in the document but this will be around £570 extra per child, per year). Over time we’ll want to build up a good evidence base on this.”

-      Requiring or encouraging all local authorities to introduce an ‘inclusion fund’ into their local systems. Taking funding from early years and/ or high needs to create the fund which they should use strategically to support children with SEN in the early years in their area. “We suggest that this should be focused on children receiving SEN Support and that how this funding is used should be decided in consultation with parents and providers in the local area.”  

Closing date: 22 September 2016



Focus: Children and young people’s participation

Want help developing participation with young people? Free support for local authorities and health teams to evaluate and develop participation of disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs is part of a national programme funded by the Department for Education delivered by KIDS and the Council for Disabled Children. They say

We want to work with you to develop bespoke training and support that will help you meet the requirements for strategic participation within the SEND Area Inspection Framework”.

The SEND Area Inspection Framework looks at

Evidence that young people have been consulted over changes or decisions related to services or strategic developments. Young people are supported to understand their role in influencing outcomes”.

Support can be provided to:

  • Help you to develop a participation strategy

  • Advise you on how to improve engagement with disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs

  • Provide you with quality resources and tools that you can use in your work with young people

  • Share examples of good practice in participation

  • Support you with peer-to-peer mentoring.

To access support call on the voice mail service 0121 362 4572, leave a message and someone will get back to you to discuss how help can be provided.


KIDS have also produced a number of films to support children and young people to understand services available to them. You can view some of these films via these links:



The Council for Disabled Children has developed the Your Rights, Your Future toolkit for practitioners to support children and young people’s understanding of the SEND reforms. The toolkit is available here:


Focus: Data


The Department for Education, with the Local Government Association, has developed a new 'dataset' and 'tool' designed to help local authorities evaluate how effectively they are implementing the SEND reforms. The resource can be accessed at:


This report presents the statistics on SEND available for a selected local authority area, compared to their selected comparison group of All English single tier and county councils. This should help to assess how well arrangements since the reforms are working and compare delivery across local areas.

The aim is to bring local area SEND data into one place, providing an evidence base that can be a starting point for conversations at a local and national level on progress and priorities. However, this is not a checklist against which local areas should measure performance. These statistics tell only part of the story, and what makes a successful outcome will vary hugely for individual children and young people.

Much of the information is education-focused - this is because most of the data available currently relates to education. The Department for Education is working with the Department of Health to link data from their Children and Young People's Health Services Data Set to the national pupil database, as this will increase health data for SEND pupils significantly. Hopefully this data will be added to this report once available.
Currently, the report includes data related to:

  • Local area SEND information

  • Implementation of the reforms

  • The attainment of pupils with SEN

  • Preparation for adulthood

  • Experience of the system

NB The report should not be confused with school SEN information reports.






SEND local area inspection outcome letters




Safeguarding disabled children in England: findings from a national survey

National Working Group on Safeguarding Disabled Children

This survey of 36 of the 146 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England found that despite examples of good practice, there is an inconsistent approach to the safeguarding of disabled children across LSCBs. Among the report’s recommendations is for local authorities, the police and the health service to have arrangements in place that ensure the equal safeguarding and protection of disabled children and for future statutory guidance to identify measures that should be taken. It also calls for disabled children to be recognised as a key risk group and for LSCBs to ensure that there is an effective range of provision and support in the local area in order to safeguard them.



Changes to school and high needs funding allocations postponed

The Government will be delaying plans to introduce major changes to the way schools and local authorities are funded. These proposals will affect both the funding for individual schools, as well as ‘high needs funding’ that is held by local authorities to fund provision for children and young people with special educational needs. The changes will now be introduced in 2018/19, rather than 2017/18 as originally planned. The Department for Education has said it will launch a full consultation on the next stage of proposals after Parliament returns in the autumn.


Government publications

Putting Children First: delivering our vision for excellent children’s social care:

This paper sets out the government’s reform programme for children’s social care in England over the next 5 years.

It builds on a previous policy paper: ‘children’s social care reform: a vision for change’.


Keep on Caring: supporting young people from care to independence.

A refreshed cross-government care leaver strategy.

Workforce development:

Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication

Platform 3 is an innovative and flexible way of studying the achieving the Level 3 Award: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication. Learning, assessment and accreditation are online. A FAQs document is available.

To find out more about completing or delivering the Award, please visit or email



Disability Matters – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


This programme provides 58 free online learning modules designed to help professionals reflect on their attitudes and behaviours and develop the skills and confidence to make meaningful changes to their working practice. Topics include:

To find out further information about the programme please click here.



Engagement profile and scale

This resource has been produced as part of the Complex learning difficulties and disabilities research project – Developing meaningful pathways to personalised learning.

It is a classroom tool developed through SSAT’s research into effective teaching and learning for children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities. It allows teachers to focus on the child’s engagement as a learner and create personalised learning pathways. It prompts student-centred reflection on how to increase the learner’s engagement leading to deep learning.
Engagement is multi-dimensional, and encompasses awareness, curiosity, investigation, discovery, anticipation, persistence and initiation. By focusing on these seven indicators of engagement, teachers can ask themselves questions such as: ‘How can I change the learning activity to stimulate Robert’s curiosity?’ ‘What can I change about this experience to encourage Shannon to persist?’

The adaptations made and the effect on the student’s level of engagement can be recorded, together with a score on the engagement scale. Over time, it is possible to chart the success of interventions and adjustments, and the effect this has had on the student’s levels of engagement.

The resource and further information is available at:



Family Action resources to develop inclusive practices for high quality, school-based childcare for 0-5s with SEND

The Learning Exchange website includes

Care Focus have gathered a range of learning disability resources from around the web aimed at a range audiences.

They can be found at:


Send Review Guide – A school-led approach to improving provision for all.

The SEND Review Guide, part-funded by the Department for Education and produced by teachers and school leaders, is now available to download for free from The Review Guide is based on the Pupil Premium Review and can be used by all schools to audit their own SEND provision. It is, however, most powerful when used as part of a programme of school-to-school support. A direct response to the increasing gap in outcomes between students with SEND and their peers, the Review Guide was created with the purpose of empowering schools to improve their SEND provision. It is made up of a paper-based audit, examples of good practice, and guidance on how to carry out a review of SEND provision and self-evaluation templates. The Review Guide is free for schools to use and schools are able to partner with other schools to use the Review Guide with minimal costs.

The SEND Review Guide was created in partnership with over forty outstanding special and mainstream schools and parents/carers of children with SEND as well as organisations such as Contact a Family, Ofsted, Council for Disabled Children, the Institute of Education and Teaching Schools Council. It is powered by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation created by school leaders for school leaders to transform schools and improve outcomes for children.

A consortium called Whole School SEND are keen to extend their membership, for more details on their work, objectives and signing up go to Their manifesto can be found here:


Teaching new skills:

Children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities may display challenging behaviours in order to get their needs met. One way to reduce these behaviours is to teach the person new skills and ways of communicating, so they can get their needs met in more appropriate ways. Learning new skills can also give them more choice, independence and control.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) has produced a new information sheet with help from Martin Bertulis (Macintyre) about teaching new skills (an important part of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). Although there is already information about finding the causes of challenging behaviours and PBS planning, there is less information about ways of teaching people with learning disabilities the skills they may need to get their needs met in more appropriate ways.

The information sheets aims to be a practical tool for families when teaching their relatives new skills, and includes various examples of how this can be done and details about the tools and professionals who can help. In particular the information sheets covers:

Learning a new activity
Communication skills
Coping skills

To download the information sheet, please visit the CBF website:


Focus: Youth Justice SEND project

18% of sentenced young people in custody have a statement of Special Educational Need or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan compared to 3% of the general population. Over 60% have difficulties with speech, language or communication.

The Youth Justice SEND project, delivered by Achievement for All (AfA), the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) will support professionals within young offending teams (YOTs), the youth secure estate and local authorities to effectively identify and meet the needs of young people with SEND by: 

  • Conducting deep dive research including interviews with young people, their families, surveys with lead professionals from within the secure estate and beyond

  • Connecting all professionals who work within and beyond the secure estate, using the extensive networking capacity at the heart of the youth justice system

  • Improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of young offending teams, the youth secure estate and local authorities to identify and support young people with SEND. 

To sign up for Achievement for All’s monthly project bulletin please click here for the latest news and information on training, events and research. 


Links to other newsletters:


Contact a Family newsletter:


Council for Disabled Children newsletter:


ICAN newsletter:

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