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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:

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.

2016-2017 Local Authority Funding for Accredited SpLD Training

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.

Anne Powell-Davies
Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist
Integrated Services for Learning
Children's Services, Hertfordshire County Council
Floor 1 (Postal point SFAR114), Farnham House Stevenage, Herts  SG1 2FQ