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SEND partnership newsletter - April 2021

Hello and welcome

Spring greetings

As we have moved into April we have seen the weather improving and in terms of Government changes as April began we saw the ‘stay at home’ rule lifted and changes to allow us to meet friends or family (of up to 6 people or from two households) outside (including in private gardens).

On 12 April we saw shops reopen and other venues are gradually opening their doors. The next step we are awaiting news of is 17 May when the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

No doubt we are all finding things very challenging still and we will keep you as updated as possible about any changes or updates we become aware of across the district.  As always the SEND transformation and compliance team are here for you to provide support and information to you and your family. 

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week runs 3 – 9 May 2021 with a focus on the theme ‘Coming Though it Together’

We wanted to share with you, five Deaf Awareness facts. 

1. Hearing loss and deafness is defined as a hidden disability.

2. As well as BSL, there are international sign languages including American Sign Language and French Sign Language. 

3. Within the UK, there are regional variations of BSL just like there are with spoken language.

4. Lip-reading helps deaf people to understand what others are saying, but even the best lip-readers still miss up to 40% of what has been said. 

5. The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists highlighted that the rise in the use of face masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic makes it harder for people with hearing loss to communicate. Face coverings with a transparent panel over the mouth have now been created so that people can still lip-read through masks. 

More information is available on the Deaf Awareness Week website.

You can also show your support for Deaf Awareness Week on social media, hashtag #DAW2021.

listening pic

PFBA SEND Listening event 

This month the Parents' Forum for Bradford and Airedale held their second listening event in partnership with Bradford Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

We were joined by a number of parents/carers and professionals and two brave parents told us their story and any challenges they faced in accessing support for their children. Professionals present at the event were able to respond and share advice whilst also answering further queries from parents at the event.

We are committed to continuing to hold these events regularly. The next date will be shared on the Local offer and through the PFBA’s website and social media.

Feedback from the January event can be read here.  

One minute guides

Last year the SEND transformation and compliance team developed a number of one minute guides to give parents and carers easy to read information about services and processes. The guides can be found here on the Local Offer website.


SEND Inspection update

 SEND inspections paused during the Covid-19 pandemic and Ofsted and the CQC have now announced a phased return to SEND inspections.

During April they began re-visits to local areas that required a WSOA (Written Statement of Action) and from June 2021, full inspections of local areas that have not been inspected under the current area SEND inspection framework are planned (the date is under review in line with government advice).

As you will know we have not yet had a SEND inspection in Bradford, and we are expecting to be next on the list of those Local Authorities still to be inspected under the current inspection framework.

As a local area we have continued to prepare for our SEND inspection by working with partners, parent/carers and children young people through our online channels during the Covid-19 pandemic. As this will be our first SEND inspection in Bradford since the introduction of the SEND Reforms in 2014, we have produced a short guide to the SEND inspection process.

New project to improve the EHC process

A project is continuing to move the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process online.

The focus is on streamlining and improving the experience for families undergoing the EHC assessment process. This includes the provision of a parent/carer portal to request assessments and to monitor the progress of the assessment process.

A professional portal will also be launched to enable schools, social workers, health and other professionals involved with your child to request assessments and contribute to the final EHCP. 

Libraries Services


Happy Active Stories

Bradford Libraries are launching a new Happy Active Stories programme for under-fives.

The programme is an interactive online story experience to help families develop a love of stories and reading in the home.

Friday 28 May at 10.30am – Hoglets Theatre Company and Bradford Libraries present “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.

Join Gemma from Hoglets Theatre for a special online storytelling adventure based on We're Going on a Bear Hunt. The session will begin with a storytelling performance, then we'll get wrapped up warmly and head out into the countryside and go on a bear hunt of our very own using drama games, imagination, songs and guided role-play.

Details of all the upcoming sessions can be found here or search for Bradford Libraries Facebook, Twitter & YouTube channel.

something new

Play area in Lister Park to be transformed

Work is set to begin on a new play area at Lister Park. The new play area will transform the play space in the park and create a space for play for infants and toddlers and older children too.

The £650,000 new area has been funded from the Council's Playable Spaces Strategy, and will replace the current play area which is now more than 20 years old and will feature over 80 new play features and equipment and an area with water play. 

It will include a 9 metre high play tower, sand workstation, sensory path, music zone, four person see-saw and agility trail as well as picnic benches.

The play area colours will be bright and bold – especially for the toddler area. Paintings from artists have been used as inspiration in the design which carries excellent links to the adjacent Cartwright Hall Museum and Art Gallery.

Roadmap out of lockdown - find out what is planned for when


Coronavirus testing in Bradford District

If you live or work in the Bradford District there are now several different ways you can get a test for COVID-19 including mobile testing units, home testing and lateral flow testing.

Find out more about where you can go to get tested.

Bradford Council Sport and Leisure facilities

Took a phased approach to their re-opening from 12 April 2021. For opening dates of each facility, please see the sports centre and swimming pool service updates page.

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