October half term news

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October SEND

SEND partnership newsletter - October 2021


Spooky fun for half term

Not all our children find Halloween and being out in the dark easy. Bradford parks have developed a Halloween trail for children who may enjoy joining in. The trail can be accessed in Lister Park, Peel Park, Harold Park and Horton Park.

The new Love Exploring App provides a range of quiz trails and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. Use the map to find dancing, life-sized skeletons and then answer their questions.

Simply download the Love Exploring app on your smartphone, select the local park and scan away to explore and have fun!

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EHCP Annual Review Improvements 

The SEND integrated assessment team are continuing to make improvements to the completion time of annual reviews to make sure that Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) are processed in accordance with statutory timescales. Following a review, the SEND integrated assessment team will make a decision whether to keep, amend or cease an EHCP. The SEND Code of Practice suggests that EHCP's are not expected to be amended on a very frequent basis and therefore some plans may not be amended and a no amends letter may be issued.

An annual review recovery team has been recruited to facilitate and support the service in amending EHCP's following a child or young person’s annual review. The new team will start at the beginning of November and will initially prioritise amending EHCP's within Years’ 8, 9, 13 and 14. A child who is in foundation stage 1 (nursery), Year 6 and 11 will have their EHCP amended as part of their phased transfer when they move through education, from one stage, to the next.

For more information regarding annual reviews please see our One Minute guide and FAQs


Family Leadership programme

The Family Leadership Programme is due to start on 3 November and over 20 families have already signed up. If you are interested in learning more to help your child or young person prepare for adulthood and their next stage in life this course is for you. 

Module 1 will take place on Zoom. Please register your interest through this Eventbrite link.

SENDIASS are also running free online workshops on the 11 and 12 November on Social Emotional Mental Health 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Please see more information about the courses run by Bradford Family Leadership.

If you have any questions please contact Debbie Jowett at SENDIASS, email: debbie.jowett@barnardos.org.uk


Covid vaccine update

Anybody aged 12-15 can now have their COVID vaccination at sites other than school, which means they can visit one of the Grab a Jab walk in clinics at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford this half term.

The clinics are welcoming walk-in patients, particularly families and households, from 4-8pm on Friday 29 October. More clinics are available at St Luke’s during November and dates are updated here. You do not need to be registered with a GP to visit the walk-in clinic at St Luke’s.

Following the government announcement about vaccines for 12-15 year olds, appointments will be available for booking through the NHS National Booking Service. The child must be registered with a GP to use the service.


COVID booster vaccinations are now available helping to give extra protection for people most at risk from the infection. To be eligible for a booster, you must have had your first and second doses of the vaccination and it should be at least six months since the second dose.

You will be contacted either by your GP or the NHS National Booking Service when it is your turn to have your booster. Please see more information about  when it is your turn to have your booster. Currently, walk-in booster vaccinations are only available at Jacobs Well.

Details of COVID vaccinations and the walk-in clinics in the Bradford district and Craven are available here. 

parents' forum

The Parents' Forum for Bradford and Airedale (PFBA)

The next parent and carers listening event which takes place on Thursday 25 November will focus on children and young people’s mental health services.

The event will be held in partnership with health services. The session will include an overview of children and young people’s mental health services and there will be opportunities for parents and carers to discuss their experiences if they choose. The event will also provide an opportunity for parent carers to hear about plans for Children and Young People’s Neuro-Diversity/Autism services and comments and feedback will be welcome to shape the future development of services. The event will be held online. To sign up to the event please click here. 

something new

Would you like to be part of our partnership meetings?

As part of our ongoing review of the SEND Transformation and Compliance work we are working with the Parents' Forum Bradford and Airedale and AWARE to involve parents and carers in our partnership meetings. Would you be interested in taking part? The meetings are once a month for two hours. If you would like to attend please email: SENDT&C@bradford.gov.uk.

You can read more about the different SEND workstreams here. 

Open House meetings

We are holding 'Open House' meetings which will be held in November and will be both virtual and face to face.

The aim of the meetings are to look at projects we know impact our families and ones we  want to improve with open discussions on how we can improve these service areas. Projects include: SEND family finance, Short Breaks and a Local offer refresh. We welcome everyone's input who can attend. If you'd like to get involved please read more here.

what do you think?

Have your say on the SEND Local Offer Newsletter?

What would you really like to find in this newsletter? Are there any key topics you think should be covered. Is it easy to access in the current format? Have your say and complete our 3 minute survey.

If you would like to send in any comments you can also email sendtandc@bradford.gov.uk


Are you involved in any other SEND support organisations/ groups? If you would like to promote a group or your newsletter to local SEND families please email: SENDT&C@bradford.gov.uk