FLSE News Update November 2017

 

A number of reports have been published since out last newsletter.

Local area SEND inspections: one year on: Ofsted/CQC: October 2017

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been inspecting how well local areas fulfil their ‘Special educational needs and disability code of practice’ duties.  By May 2017, Ofsted and CQC had completed 30 inspections. Just under a third of the local areas inspected (nine) were required to provide a written statement of action.

This report provides a summary of the main findings from the first 30 local area SEND inspections. It identifies the most common strengths and aspects that need improving. It also explains the main significant concerns in the nine local areas required to produce a written statement of action.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652694/local_area_SEND_inspections_one__year__on.pdf

There is an excellent summary of this document on the Special Needs Jungle Website.

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/ofsted-and-cqc-report-on-one-year-of-send-inspections-it-isnt-pretty/

Education, Health and Care Plans: our first 100 investigations: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman: October 2017

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has now carried out more than 100 detailed investigations on EHC plans. In these initial cases, however, they have seen some families having to push, persist, and go well beyond the call of duty just to confirm the type of support they should receive, and to get it provided.

This report highlights the key issues in those 100 investigations and hopes that the findings will help local authorities to continue to review and enhance their SEN arrangements. The report will also help children and young people with SEN, and their families, to understand what they should expect when needs are being assessed under the new arrangements.

http://www.lgo.org.uk/information-centre/news/2017/oct/a-disproportionate-burden-families-struggling-with-new-special-educational-needs-system-when-councils-get-it-wrong

Once again an excellent summary from Special Needs Jungle

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/the-send-system-is-fractured-if-not-broken-three-new-reports-prove-it/

 Good intentions, good enough? A review of the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in residential special schools and colleges: DfE : November 2017

This is the final report from the review carried out by Dame Christine Lenehan and Mark Geraghty looking at the experiences of all those children and young people in residential special schools and colleges.

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/good-intentions-good-enough-lenehan-review-residential-special-schools

2018 teacher assessment guidance: key stage 1: Standards and Testing Agency: October 2017

This guidance is for use by those responsible for KS1 teacher assessment (TA) and moderation, including:

  • school leaders, staff and governing bodies in maintained schools, academies and free schools, and participating independent schools
  • local authorities

The guidance sets out the statutory duties relating to KS1 TA. It also provides non-statutory guidance to support the development of rigorous and proportionate assessment processes.

In addition, it provides information about the changes that we have made to the frameworks for statutory TA, including a new more flexible approach to assessing English writing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-guidance-key-stage-1

2018 teacher assessment guidance: key stage 2: Standards and Testing Agency: October 2017

This guidance is for use by those responsible for KS2 teacher assessment (TA) and moderation, including:

  • school leaders, staff and governing bodies in maintained schools, academies and free schools, and participating independent schools
  • local authorities

The guidance sets out the statutory duties relating to KS2 TA. It also provides non-statutory guidance to support the development of rigorous and proportionate assessment processes.

In addition, it provides information about the changes that we have made to the frameworks for statutory TA, including a new more flexible approach to assessing English writing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-guidance-key-stage-2

 Consultation: Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

The DfE is seeking views on:

  • significant revisions to Working Together to Safeguard Children, the statutory guidance on what’s expected of organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • 2 sets of statutory instruments (regulations) needed to support the new arrangements

These revisions reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. Following this consultation, the government proposes to update and replace the current statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

The closing date for submissions is the 31st December. FLSE will be seeking your views on this consultation so we can respond on behalf of the organisation.

More information can be https://consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/

Engagement 4 Learning Website

This recently developed website brings together all of the resources from the Engagement for Learning Framework which was developed with educators for educators through the CLDD Research Project (2009-2011) convened and directed by Professor Barry Carpenter (Carpenter et al., 2011, 2015). The Engagement for Learning resources were variously developed and trialled both nationally and internationally with teachers, teaching assistants, therapists and psychologists from 96 schools, and over 200 children as participants. This website has been developed following the recommendations from the Rochford Review.

http://engagement4learning.com/

School Transport Inquiry

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, have secured a major campaign win on school transport. The Secretary of State for Education has announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school travel for eligible disabled children. The decision has been made as a result of findings from Contact’s School Transport Inquiry.

You can find further information about Contact’s review and next steps on their website: https://contact.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns-research/school-transport-inquiry/

Rise Above for Schools: New schools programme to equip young people with coping strategies for modern life: Public Health England: September 2017

 

Dynamic new resources for teachers have been developed, to help build crucial life-skills for young people to boost their resilience and improve their mental health and wellbeing, as part of a new evidence-based programme for schools unveiled by Public Health England (PHE).

PHE has developed a series of new resources for secondary school teachers to use in their lesson plans as part of the Rise Above for Schools programme. The resources will help teachers to engage pupils with coping strategies about ‘traditional’ health issues, like smoking and alcohol, while also addressing some of the most challenging pressures young people face today in an ‘always on’ social media generation.

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/rise-above-schools-teaching-resources

Events

Rochford Review Conference – Friday 12th January 2018 – Hazel Oak Specialist Teaching Alliance

This important conference follows the publication of the Rochford Review and the recent Government consultation.

https://barrycarpentereducation.com/2017/11/09/rochford-review-consultation/

Mental health of children Conference – a new joint venture – 30th January 2018 – London

The theme for this inaugural conference is “Collaborative approaches to the mental health of children: from issues to interventions”, and is being jointly run by NAHT and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/naht-events/conferences/mental-health-conference/

Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds – Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference 2018 – Friday 9 March 2018 – Best Western Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent  

The annual NAHT conference designed for all education staff working in special schools, specialist and alternative provision. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds’. This year’s conference includes a one-day conference with an optional panel debate and dinner the night before.

http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/naht-events/conferences/special-schools-conference-2018/

Festival of Sport – July 2018

Treloar and Eggar’s School are co-hosting a festival of sport on 21st and 22nd July 2018. This will be a weekend of sporting activities for young people aged 11 – 25 who use wheelchairs. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in sports including archery, boccia, table cricket, slot cars, field athletics. New age kurling and power hockey.

For more information and booking details visit https://www.treloar.org.uk/other-services/festival-of-sport/