SEND newsletter - May 2021

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Welcome to Stockport's monthly SEND newsletter for all children, young people, families and professionals working with special educational needs and disabilities.

Missed an issue? You can find all our previous newsletters on the Stockport SEND Local Offer.

Key Updates
Tim Bowman

Hello, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Tim Bowman, Director of Education.

About me: I am the Director of Education for Tameside and Stockport Councils and have worked in Tameside since 2018. I have previously held senior roles in a number of Councils as well as working, briefly, in the Civil Service. I am married to Jennie who is a GP in Sheffield and have two daughters Emily 7 and Isabel 5.

What I want to achieve together: I believe in the value of education and that great teachers and fantastic schools change children’s lives. I am passionate about working together in children’s services and putting children and families at the heart of everything we do.

What is important to me…is that our teams are encouraged to discuss the most important and most complex issues and that we are open, honest and kind. 

During our SEND Week of Action, I will be hosting a webinar where you can join and meet me, find out what my responsibilities are and what my ambition for Stockport is.

Book your free place on my webinar


WoA May

Stockport SEND Week of Action

During the week of 17-21 May 2021, we are focused on raising awareness of SEND by hosting our Week of Action! Throughout the week we will be offering a range of webinars and events for parents/carers and professionals, as well as hosted activities at the hospital. All done in co-production with our parents/carers and various organisations across the local area.

Details of the week's schedule canbe found on the local offer

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for the SEND week of action, or would you like to get involved? 

Please contact us at send-ip@stockport.gov.uk


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Good Practice Sharing in our Schools

Our schools do some great work supporting children young people and families. One of the best ways for us to keep improving is to share examples of good practice. Our SENCO Newsletter provides some really good insights and you can read the latest edition to see what good looks like.


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Stockport Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

The Together Trust is now delivering Stockport's SENDIASS service. Their team are here to offer freeconfidential and impartial support to parents and carers of children and young people aged between 0 and 25 in Stockport who have or may have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We also provide independent advice and support directly to young people aged between 16 and 25 who have or may have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Young people can access the service in their own right or with the support of their parents.

Telephone: 0161 240 6168

Email: stockportsendiass@togethertrust.org.uk

Post: SENDIASS Service, Together Trust Centre, Schools Hill, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1JE 

Facebook: Follow our Facebook page


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Local Offer Update

We have listened to feedback from parents/carers, professionals and young people throughout our SEND Improvement Journey.

Here you can find an outline of what we have done to respond to the feedback on the Local Offer.

If something isn't easy to find on the website, how do we know it's hard to find and how do we correct it?

We have updated our feedback survey:

  • Adding a new field to ask what a user has been looking for in the website, and their process for looking e.g. key words in search, button pathway.

This new field will help identify missing keywords for pages, missing pathways that users may follow to find a specific page etc.

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Following on from the above update with our feedback survey for the Local Offer, we want to make sure we're meeting users (young people, parents/carers, professionals) expectations when it comes to looking for content within the website. We'd love to hear from you as to how you use the website to look for content. If you use the search bar, how do you search or do you typically find what you're looking for? Do you navigate through the website using the menu buttons, if so, where to click through to when expecting to find something, do you find what you're looking for or is it not where you think it should be?

We would love to hear your feedback on this update, if you would like to submit your thoughts/comments to us (anonymously) head to our feedback area of the Local Offer


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SEND Board update

The Local Area SEND Board provides direction and leadership for how we manage the processes in Stockport around identifying and meeting needs of children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

SEND Board meetings are held monthly, you can read summaries of the SEND Board meetings on the Local Offer.

Stockport’s SEND Board is represented by a number of people: Parent/Carer representatives, Education, Health and Social care

Read more about the membership and view their individual profiles


SEND Performance Data

The SEND scorecard helps us keep track of progress on our SEND improvement journey. We update the measures in the scorecard where new data is available.

Where we have targets we apply a red/amber/green rating to the measure and if it is rated red, a report is generated with detail about actions for how we will improve. We use data from local and national sources. Updates are then presented to the SEND board to track progress.

The scorecard continues to develop as we refine the measures, including the introduction of new measures. You can find all updates of the scorecard on the Local Offer


Upcoming eventsKooth MH Week
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Discover Kooth

Kooth offers anonymous and free access to mental health and emotional wellbeing support, available to all young people across Greater Manchester.
This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature and the Environment.

During the week Kooth will be running three differnt drop-in sessions:

Tuesday 11th May, 4:00pm - 5:00pm (for Educational professionals)

Wednesday 12th May, 6:00pm - 7:00pm (for Parent/carers)

Thursday 14th May, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (for Community professionals)


FE Choices

FE Choices Week

Virtual Careers Fair

10th - 14th May

  • Explore your career options from 16+
  • Learn about your choices - from A-Levels to Apprenticeships
  • Meet with local FE, HE & Training Providers
  • Daily presentations, webinars and live Q&A

Visit Stockport Jobsmatch for full details


Behaviour webinar

An introduction to positive behaviour support

Exploring behaviour measuring tools to unpick behaviour, parental self-care and implementing PBS strategies to manage behaviour that challenges.

To book onto this FREE webinar:

Call 0161 696 9379 

Email familyservices.webinar@seashelltrust.org.uk

Book online

Start Well week of action

Start Well Week of Action

 

During the 24th – 28th May, we will be raising awareness of Start Well and the importance of the early years in our Week of Action!

Please join us throughout the week where you will see:

  • Start Well strategy launch
  • Opportunities to pledge your commitment to supporting optimal child development and school readiness
  • Start Well website launch
  • A series of online events for you to join and learn
  • Fun activities to test your knowledge
  • Social media posts throughout the week to support key messaging
  • A programme of activity for parents/carers to support children’s early learning and development

Find out more about the Start Well Week of Action and view the events Schedule


Transition hub

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Transition

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Following the success of their first online transition event last November, My Family Our Needs are thrilled to be bringing this virtual event back throughout May. Whilst the covid-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty, the support needed by young disabled people and their families is more important than ever.

The Transition Event Hub brings experts to talk about the different transition topics, aims to help answer your questions, and arm you with the most up-to-date information so you can best support your disabled young person and safeguard their future.

Find out more and view upcoming events

Education Services
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EHCP Team

We have unfortunately had a number of members of the team leave us to take up posts elsewhere. We have advertised and successfully appointed two new EHCP caseworkers who we anticipate will be starting with us within the next two weeks. The remaining two posts we currently have out to advert are for secondment/temporary posts and anticipate being able to interview for these before the end of this month.

EHCP Timeliness

The Team continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we complete all of our EHC needs assessments within 20 weeks. Whilst we unfortunately in one case in April  missed the 20 week deadline by 2 days we have on every other occasion managed to complete within 20 weeks- meaning our cumulative percentage for assessments completed within 20 weeks is 98%

Annual Review Processes

A ‘multi-agency working group including representation from our parents/carers, and young people as well as our partners in primary, secondary, post 16 and special schools sectors has been meeting since  February 2021 to look at the annual review process and in particular the annual review paperwork. A first draft of the revised annual review paperwork and Operational Guidance has been drawn up and shared with all parties; with some very valuable insights received from our young people into how we can improve things so they are more involved in the process (apparently ‘chocolate’ is a must!) It is anticipated that feedback at the next working group will enable any further  tweaks to be made – with a move to trialling the new process during the second half of this term.


Engagement with Young People
Autisk and SEND

Autism Ambassadors

Our Autism Ambassadors are young people who want to make sure the voices of young people with autism are heard.

Autism Ambassadors was based on an idea from 13 year old Autistic Child, Jacob, this will be supported by Autisk and ran in partnership with Stockport SEND.

Age Range: 11 -21

Where: Zoom (due to Covid-19)

If you know a young person who would like to be involved, email steve.davies@stockport.gov.uk  

Get involved
Quiz

Lets get quizzical!

Ahead of (and during) our SEND Week of Action, we're running an online quiz to help raise awareness of Special Educational Needs and Disability in Stockport.

Test your knowledge, see how much you know, and maybe learn something you didn't.

Take the Stockport SEND quiz

Share the quiz with your family, friends and colleagues. Together we can make SEND everyone's business.


Stockport Local Offer Parent/Carer Focus Group

Back at the end of March, a new focus group was formed, made up of parents and carers. The group work together to help shape the Stockport Local Offer website into a much more public-friendly resource.

The Group are currently meeting on a fortnightly basis, Thursdays at 5pm.

Next meeting: Thursday 13th May

if you are interested and would like to join the group, please email sendlocaloffer@stockport.gov.uk


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SEND Champions- update from 22nd April

Our main discussion was about the SEND Hub and how parents/carers are put off by the link to safeguarding. We felt that a separate number is needed for parents/carers so it feels like a place to go for support. It also needs to look a little more inviting on the Local Offer web page and needs to be really clearly communicated about who should access it, how and what for. It was noted that professionals aren’t always clear either. We thought this is really important now with the single point of access for mental health and this could get more confusing. When parents/carers do access it though, they really appreciate the support they get.

We noted the new SEND Local Offer website front page and that we need to encourage lots of parents/carers to test it and provide feedback. We think it’s looking better but it needs more feedback to help improve how we navigate round the site.

Then we talked about Inclusion and what it means to people as everyone has their own view. For some it is about having access to things that every child should have access too; that there should be activities aimed at young people who struggle in larger groups or don’t want to be involved in team activities. This should include after school clubs where more staff are available to support children with SEND so they are able to attend.

Our final topic was the SEND Week of Action (17th to 21st May 2021). We suggested a webinar to promote the SEND Hub and clarify what it is and who it’s for. We also thought schools should share what they are doing well for others to learn and celebrate. Also to make sure that we focus activities for children and young people during the week of action.

A great session with fantastic input and ideas!

Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th May at 5pm. If you’d like to get involved, email SEND-IP@stockport.gov.uk. You can find out more about our champions on our Local Offer Champions Page.

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