Cambridgeshire SEND Update - July 2022

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July 2022

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Introduction from The Assistant Director of SEND & Inclusion

Welcome to the first edition of the Cambridgeshire SEND Newsletter.  I hope you are managing to keep safe and cool through the extreme Summer heat we are experiencing. We have a lot to be positive about at the moment, as the articles in this new newsletter outline. Although we are still feeling the pressure of the pandemic, I am very pleased to share that we have consistently achieved some of the highest attendance rates in our special schools both regionally and nationally. This has only been possible due to the close working relationships between the local authority, schools and parent carers, and due to the creative and flexible approach of our school staff teams, which I would like to acknowledge and thank alongside the wider teams that continue to work so hard during these challenging times. Rules regarding Isolation may have changed as from 1st April, but it is still as important as ever to maintain our focus on appropriate measures, particularly regular hands washing. While we learn to live with COVID-19 we all still need to consider the impact we can have as individuals to keeping people safe. We are planning to produce a newsletter each term, if you would like to receive future editions, please click on the subscibe button below and sign up via the online form.

Enjoy the summer, look after yourself, you are all valuable! 

Toni Bailey 

Assistant Director of SEND & Inclusion

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SEND Transformation in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire County Council is embarking on a SEND Transformation Programme to improve support for SEND children and their families. 

We are keen to work with families to discuss our plans and understand how we can tailor these to deliver better outcomes for all our children and young people.  We will be holding focus groups in the coming months. In the meantime, we want to know what you want changed. Please email us at if you would like to be involved or have suggestions for improvements. 

Autism Toolkit

The Autism toolkit was created in partnership with parents and other organisations. The intention is for services including schools, colleges, health services and any other support agencies to self-assess how accessible their provision is for young people and adults and their families with Autism even if their organisation is not autism specific. The toolkit is on the Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council Local Offer pages so that it can be used more widely encouraging organisations to improve their services for people with Autism. As a Local Authority we are committed to greater employment opportunities for people with Autism and the toolkit will help us measure our success in this area along with our partner organisations.