SEND E-Newsletter (November)

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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Newsletter

We’re asking parents of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) to sign up for our SEND e-newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to keep you updated on the most recent information from our SEND Improvement Programme journey.

The aim is that it will help us:

  • signpost parents to useful information, services and support
  • inform parents of any changes to the services we provide
  • get feedback on how we can improve our support and services

If you know parents or colleagues who would benefit from receiving this, we would be grateful if you could direct them to SEND-IP@stockport.gov.uk

Parents and professionals can read the latest editions of the newsletter online, or sign up to get it direct to their inbox. 


Update: SEND sessions for parents/carers

SEND Improvement Journey

Thank you to those of you who attended our engagement sessions on the 7th and 12th November. We really value the time and views shared.

We are putting together feedback from the sessions and will publish this on the Local Offer as soon as we can. We will also provide answers to the questions we couldn’t answer on the day.

Stay in touch!


Parent/Carer monthly drop in sessions!

Cafelito

Don’t forget we will be hosting monthly drop-in sessions. The first one is on Thursday 5th December from 6.30 to 8.30pm with coffee/tea and mince pies. If you have queries or questions about support for a child or young person with Special Education Needs or Disability (SEND), come along to our monthly drop-in for coffee and a chat. At our December session we will also be asking for views about possible new SEND Support plans.

This will be at Cafelitto, opposite Stockport railway station. Future drop-ins will be held in other locations and we will provide further details about these.

Network of Champions

Parent champions

We are keen to hear from any parents/carers and professionals who are willing to be champions for children, young people and families with SEND. If you are interested in joining and shaping our Network of SEND Champions, please email us. We want to help create a valuable network of support and information.


What is Co-production?

Co-production is a priority for us all and we have co-produced a Stockport definition with parents and partners to describe what it means to us. The definition is supported by a Charter that sets out the values and behaviours we’ll model to make sure that co-production becomes the way we work.

Co-production charter

We’ve also worked with young people about what it means to them. A group came together and designed a co-production tree where the leaves are made of their individual thumbprints. This is now the logo for our co-production work.

Coproduction tree

We’ve also really focussed on our recruitment processes. We’ve worked with young people, parents, carers and professionals to develop job descriptions that describe the kind of people we believe should be working with us to improve the lived experiences of our children, young people and their families. We are also co-designing interview processes and ensuring parents and young people’s views are fully included in scoring applicants. You can watch a short video about how we have done this.

SEN word cloud

If you would like to know more about co-production, please email us


Stockport Entitlement Framework

Over recent months we have worked with parents, early years settings, schools, colleges and a range of professionals to develop Stockport’s Entitlement Framework. This document will help teachers and school leaders to further improve how they support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and help parents to understand the how the needs of their children should be met.

What is it?

The Entitlement Framework is a document for nurseries, schools and colleges which aims to help staff to provide the right support for children and young people with SEND regardless of where they live or which school they attend.

How will the Entitlement Framework be used by Schools?

  • For schools to develop the ways that they work more closely with parents/carers of children and young people with SEND …. “What should we keep doing/start/stop?”
  • For all teachers to consider how to help children at the earliest signs of need as well as a providing information and response to increasing need for those who are at SEN Support.
  • Evidence, celebrate, share and develop good SEND practice across the setting/school/college.
  • Support Head Teachers/Key Stage Leaders/Heads of Departments to use the framework for establishing whole school or departmental development plans to improve provisions.
  • Consider how the key messages from the framework will be incorporated into all appropriate policies

What you can do

It is important that you as a parent familiarise yourself with Stockport’s Entitlement Framework, so that you can understand how SEND needs can be met in settings, schools and colleges. 

The full document is available here. A summary has also been developed as well as a number of other languages and these are available here.


Jargon Buster (SEND)

Jargon Busters

We appreciate that there are all sorts of jargon used to when communicating with different services. Please click on either of the links below which will simplify some policy words that you may come across 

  • Jargon buster for health here
  • General jargon buster here

Short Breaks and Leisure Activities

Searching for activities and things to do to keep your child entertained can sometimes prove difficult if the young person has Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND).  

The leisure and activities section of the Local Offer provides detail of different clubs and activities that are happening in Stockport which are suitable for children and young person with SEND.

Please click on the link to see more 

activities

Can you tell us about accessible services for children and young people with SEND?

The Stockport Local Offer is formed of two parts:

The first part is the SEND Local Offer webpages which contain information explaining what support is available for children and young people who have SEND and how this is accessed, along with information to support parent carers and guidance on preparing for adult life.

The second part is a searchable on-line directory of service providers called the Stockport Local Directory. It contains information from hundreds of groups out in the community. This includes those groups around SEND children and young people. 

Together these form the “Local Offer”.

However, we know that what is in the Stockport Directory, is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more groups and organisations that support and make their services accessible to children and young people with SEND.

Help to make this a great resource for families by telling us about the gaps:

  1. If your child or young person goes to a good club or group, one that makes things accessible for them, look to see if they are in the Stockport Community Directory
  2. If not please let us know by by email and we will speak to the group organisers and help them to get in the directory.

By being in the Stockport Community Directory, many more families can benefit from their service.

stockport local

Stockport SENDIASS

SENDIASS

Stockport SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) offers free support to parents and carers of Stockport children and young people with any special educational needs and disabilities, from 0-25 years of age.

We also provide independent advice and support directly to young people aged 16 to 25 years with SEND.

Our experienced team of local advisors offer impartial, confidential advice and support on all matters relating to SEND.

The service is led by the needs of you and your child.

How does the service work?

The type and range of support offered includes:

  • Information regarding the local offer, local policy and SEN/ disability law from independently trained staff
  • Advice for parent/carers, children and young people on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to their own situation
  • Personalisation of personal budgets
  • Information on the local authority’s processes for resolving disagreements, its complaints procedures and means of redress
  • Signposting children, young people and parents to alternative and additional sources of local and national information, advice and support
  • Individual casework and representation where needed including support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person.
  • Support for parents and young people in managing mediation and appeals to the SEND Tribunal
  • Support with Education Health and Care Plans, including applications and Annual Reviews

Who is the service for?

The service is for parents who have a child/children up to the age of 25 that may/has/have Special Educational Needs, and young people aged 16-25 who have Special Educational Needs. 

Young people 16 and over can access the service in their own right, or with the support of their parents.

How much does it cost?

This service is free.


Space

Join Us For Coffee

Our monthly meet ups are held at The Funky Monkey Coffee Shop in Davenport, Stockport. They are informal and parent led. The committee responsible for the group are all parents of children with ADHD.

From time to time, we bring in expert speakers to share useful information with the group and help signpost agencies and services that can be useful for families with children who have ADHD.
If you are a parent or carer of a child with ADHD but can’t join us for coffee, you can still connect with the group online via Facebook and Twitter.

Next SPACE Meeting

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm Wednesday 11th December 2019
Funky Monkey Coffee Company
175 – 177 Bramhall Lane
Stockport
SK2 6JA

Funky Monkey
We have been lucky enough to be supported by Funky Monkey Coffee Company, who have been our home for the last few years. They stock an amazing range of food and drinks including everything from gluten free sausages to hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.
Over the years the SPACE meetings have been held in a youth centre, a pub and a hospital and we’ve found that Funky Monkey Coffee Company has everything we were looking for. The most important thing to us is that parents and carers can spend time with other parents, have a chat and feel relaxed.


If you would like to submit an article for the next E-Newsletter, please email us at SEND-IP@stockport.gov.uk