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April 2016

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What's New

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:

Executive Summary:

There are three key messages coming from the review:

  • There is much very good practice in mainstream and special schools and a desire to do better. As in all local authorities, the expertise and provision made varies from school to school, so it is essential that all schools continue to develop and enhance their understanding and practice
  • When a child experiences significant difficulties there is a need for a quick and effective response and alternative arrangements made in some cases where intensive support is not enough
  • That all parents are listened to and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon Improving provision for autism is one of the key workstreams in the new SEND Strategy and there will be a lot of work to take forward the recommendations from this report over the next year or two. This work will have school and parental involvement and Glenys has been invited to come back to Hertfordshire next year to ensure that we are making good progress.

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.
Reforming the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 in England.


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.