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Herts County Council and Herts for Learning have launched Hertfordshire's first SEND toolkit on special educational needs or disabilities for schools

SEND advisers from Herts for Learning in partnership with parents from HPCI, have been travelling around the county this term, delivering a series of launch workshops to schools to introduce a new SEND toolkit.

One of the key drivers of the toolkit is to help professionals deliver the culture change required by the 2014 SEND reforms. It is based on the SEND reforms but adds the Hertfordshire flavour around what we want to see delivered for our children and young people.  A vast array of resources accompany the toolkit, and include a SEND Benchmark & Planning Tool that helps guide schools to provide and manage quality SEND support.

The suite of SEND materials developed over time provides schools with a vision, a self-evaluation framework and now a toolkit to provide a range of resources, tools and guidance to support the onward journey in supporting children and young people with SEND.

You can see the free digital version of the Hertfordshire SEND Toolkit 2019-20 below or printed versions can be purchased from the HfL online shop:

 

Free guide for schools on supporting young people with epilepsy

Young Epilepsy has just launched a free online guide for schools on supporting young people with epilepsy:

The guide includes information on seizure first aid, epilepsy’s impact on learning and behaviour and the key elements of support that should be in place at school, and template documents, including a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions, an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP) and a seizure record form. The guide also features Young Epilepsy’s ABLE tool (Assessment of Behaviour and Learning in Epilepsy). This is a simple questionnaire for staff and parents to use to identify potential areas of concern.

 

Aldenham Country Park - children's learning beyond the classroom and SEND facilities

Aldenham Renaissance CIC was awarded a 30 year lease and management contract to run the park on behalf of Herts Country Council. As part of this Hertfordshire Country Council and Aldenham Renaissance pledged to use their best endeavours to develop the education facilities for our schools, and in particular those pupils with SEND. Following an extensive refurbishment, the centre are now running the SEND Adventure Playground, an extensive indoor sensory play centre in the SEND Pavilion and wood cabins for educational use. The SEND facilities are suitable for both school visits and families with SEND children.

Aldenham County Park also runs curriculum mapped educational workshops in the Farm and Woodlands, Survival and Orienteering workshops, overnight camping and volunteering.

More information may be found on our Local Offer page

If you would like to visit the centre or to take a look at the facilities, please contact martine@aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk