FLSE News Update December 2017


I am sure you are beginning to enjoy the Christmas festivities within your school but the DfE continues to publish important publications and consultations.

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.

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

FLSE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of its members – please could you let Lorraine – info@flse.education  have your comments by 22nd December 2017.

Restraint and restrictive intervention: draft guidance

The Department of Health is consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs.

The consultation is seeking views on how well this draft guidance helps a range of settings and services to support children recognised as being at higher risk of restraint. The guidance applies to health and care settings and special educational settings.

The consultation closes on 24th January 2018.

FLSE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of its members – please could you let Lorraine – info@flse.education have your comments by 19th January

Off the radar

The National Children’s Bureau recently published their Off the radar report, shining a light on children whose rights and welfare are at risk.


Supporting people with profound and multiple learning difficulties : Core & essential service standards

The Core and Essential Service Standards are designed to improve the lives and life experiences of people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. A group of like-minded advocates for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities came together in order to identify a means of ensuring a stronger voice for people and to aim to ensure that people received good quality service and support regardless of where they lived and who was providing their support.

The full document can be found here: https://flse.education/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Standards-PMLD-h-web.pdf

SEND Reflection Framework

The London Leadership Strategy and Whole School SEND have recently produced their SEND Reflection Framework.  The SEND Reflection Framework will help build teachers confidence by providing a structure within which teachers can support each other to critically evaluate cultures and practices, in order to ultimately improve the quality of their provision for learners with SEND.

The SEND Reflection Framework has a tighter focus on classroom cultures and practice. It can be used in groups, across departments, or across a whole school, enabling teachers to coach each other through the process of better understanding their own strengths and areas for development.

The Framework was developed in collaboration with children, families and professionals from early years, primary and secondary, including both mainstream and specialist providers, placing those who would use and benefit from SEND Reflection at the heart of the development process. This is reflected in the approach of the framework itself, which is one of reflection rather than inspection, supporting staff to review their provision in a non-judgemental, collaborative manner.


Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

The proposals include:

  • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support team
  • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health
  • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas


2018 Access Arrangements Guidance

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2018 key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests.

Some pupils with specific needs may need additional arrangements so they can take part in the end of key stage tests.

Types of support include:

  • additional time to complete the tests
  • modified test papers
  • compensatory marks for spelling
  • using scribes, readers, word processor or other technical or electronic aids
  • making transcripts
  • written or oral translations and using apparatus in mathematics test
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • administering the tests to pupils who are absent on the planned day
  • administering the tests at an alternative location

Schools must consider whether any of their pupils will need access arrangements before they administer the tests.



Autism and Education in England 2017 – APPGA and NAS

On 29th November 2017 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism published their report on how the education system in England works for children and young people on the autism spectrum.


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/



Rochford Review Conference – Friday 12th January

Hazel Oak Specialist Teaching School Alliance, Solihull


NAHT – Collaborative approaches to the mental health of children: from issues to interventions – Mental health conference

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists, London


NAHT – Celebrating Success; Succeeding against the odds – Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference 2018

Friday 9 March 2018 (with optional panel and dinner on the evening on Thursday 8 March)

Best Western Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent


Engage in their Future South/South East Conference

Changing Complexities: Developments in Provisions for children and young people, with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

May 4th 2018

Muntham House, West Sussex


Engage in their Future National Conference in partnership with SEBDA

SEMH: Theory into Practice

July 5th and 6th

Coldra Court Hotel, Newport