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Ofsted and SEND
Lesley Cox and Mary Rayner on special educational needs and disability - Lesley Cox and Mary Rayner, National Leads for special educational needs and disability, talk about their work. They cover topics such as the new inspection framework that is being introduced for local areas following the launch of the new Code of Practice 2014; short inspections; and SEND inspection arrangements.
Autism Review Report and Feedback Survey
Review of Educational Provision in Hertfordshire for Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum by Dr Glenys Jones, Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham.
This report has now been published. It contains a lot of detailed information and Glenys has made over 60 recommendations with 9 identified as key priorities. To understand the context, rationale and all the recommendations it is important that you read the full report:
There are three key messages coming from the review:
Once you have read the report the Herts Parent Carer Improvement (HPCI) have set up a short survey to capture feedback which you can access here:
DfE: SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25
The DfE has published the revised SEND Code of Practice.
HAND Newsletter for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with Additional Needs
HAND News is an online newsletter for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities is now published. It contains information and news about activities, support groups, courses and much more.
Future local authority offers of funding for accredited SpLD training could be affected by the ongoing Hertfordshire review of SpLD services.
Staff and schools may be advised to monitor other funding sources such as DfE programme National Scholarships for Teachers and SEN Support Staff.
Suitably qualified and experienced teachers working in a Hertfordshire school can apply for funding for the OCR Level 5 Diploma Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties. This should be with the support of the Head Teacher and should support school/DSPL development.
Teachers who are working in a secondary school and have qualified on the OCR Level 5 in the last 3 years can apply for funding for the OCR Level 7 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties. This should be with the support of the Head Teacher and should support school/DSPL development.
Please download the appropriate 2016-17 application form for either primary or secondary schools and return, fully completed and with the Head Teacherís statement to Anne Powell-Davies by Friday 8th July 2016.
Funding Applications Forms for Primary & Secondary
It is important that applicants check before applying for funding that the course meets their needs and the needs of their school. It is also important that candidates meet course entry criteria and have the capacity to meet all course requirements including attending sessions as necessary and/or having access to suitable ICT equipment for on-line courses.
*Funding covers course fees only and not travel, books or other equipment.