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IOY June 2016 The June issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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IOY May 2016 Page 01The May issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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FLIER Webinar SE Region Parents 4 MayOfsted is committed to improving engagement with parents on how theywork and what they find. As part of this work Stephen Long and Hilary Macdonald, senior inspectors in Ofsted’s south east region, would like to invite parents of school age children in the south east region to attend a webinar on Wednesday 4th May from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

You can register on line at http://bit.ly/23WkvxE

About the webinar

During the webinar inspectors will outline:

  • Ofsted’s current approach to inspection
  • priorities for schools in the region
  • how inspections try to get to the heart of what is going on in schools

The webinar is also an opportunity for you to share your views. We would very much like to know:

  • What do you think is going well in schools and what could be better
  • What do you think Ofsted does well, and what could it do better

Your details will not be visible to other attendees and you won’t be required to speak during this event. There will be an opportunity to send in written questions and comments before the webinar and give your views through the online polling.


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IOY April 2016 Page 01The April issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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From May, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will inspect local areas' responsibilities to children and young people with SEND. Local areas will have a longer notice period of inspections so that parents and others have greater opportunity to contribute their views and experiences.

As a result of the feedback from the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) public consultation, they have decided to extend the notice period for inspections from the proposed 2 to 5 days. That will ensure all partners, especially young people, parents and carers, have ample opportunity to offer their views about local education, health and social care services, and fully engage in the inspection.

From May, inspectors will visit local areas to see how they are fulfilling their responsibilities.

They will do this by:

  • assessing how well the local area identifies children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • evaluating how effectively the local area meets the needs and improves the outcomes of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • using a wide range of information to evaluate how effectively the local area fulfils its responsibilities
  • talking to children and young people, and their parents and carers, and local partners, including nurseries, schools, colleges and specialist services

Inspectors will assess how SEND services are being delivered through the wide range of partners in the local area, including nurseries, schools, further education colleges, and through health and care services.

For more information please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-areas-to-get-more-notice-of-send-inspections where you can also read the consultation response document. 


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IOY March 2016 Page 01The March issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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NASEveryTeacherFBFinalsmallHave you heard about the National Autistic Society's campaign for change to get autism training for every teacher?

With more than 1 in 100 children on the autism spectrum, and 70% of those children in mainstream schools, every teacher in the UK will teach an autistic child. But there is no compulsory autism training for teachers. The NAS have joined forces with Ambitious about Autism to get autism training for every new teacher.

Sign their open letter if you agree that every teacher deserves the right training, and every autistic child needs a teacher who understands them.

Right now, the Government is reviewing the Initial Teacher Training framework. They will decide what training new teachers get. They want to make sure every new teacher is trained to work with autistic pupils. That’s why they’ve launched the #EveryTeacher campaign, calling on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to include autism in Initial Teacher Training. 

  • 58% of children and young people on the autism spectrum said that the single thing that would make school better for them was if teachers understood autism.


  • 77% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their educational progress.
  • 80% of parents say that the lack of support for their autistic child in school has a negative impact on their self-esteem, and social and communication skills.

While autism can present some challenges, we know that a child who is understood and supported can make excellent progress.


  • 60% of teachers said they didn’t have the training they need to teach pupils on the autism spectrum.
  • 44% of teachers say they do not feel confident teaching autistic children.

They think teachers deserve the right training so they can get the best out of all their students. You can take action now by signing their open letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, and telling the Government to provide autism training for every teacher. Click on the links below to read this NAS article in full or sign the letter:



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The Department for Education (DfE) have published their latest SEND newsletter for February. Within the newsletter you will read about:

  • SEND funding for 2016-17
  • Implementation update - views from the frontline
  • Ofsted/CQC update on SEN inspections
  • High needs funding for young offenders in custody
  • Latest resources

The newsletter can be read and downloaded by clicking here.

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The Government announced on 2nd February that they are piloting the 30 hour week childcare offer in 8 areas across the UK. £13 million has been allocated to be shared between the councils of Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire. 

Parents will be eligible for the offer if they work 16 hours a week on the national living wage and a salary of up to £100,000 a year per parent, but local authorities are to decide how they will offer the places during the pilot.

The Government will also be looking at the issues that make it difficult for parents to access childcare, including parents of children with special educational needs and disability. 

It's essential that the pilot addresses how the quality of childcare can be improved and delivered by well-qualified staff, in order to ensure that all eligible children, including those with SEND, are able to access high quality provision which supports their learning and meets their needs.

Christine Lenehan, Director of CDC, says: "Childcare provision for families of disabled children has been a ongoing challenge. We welcome the Government's renewed commitment to this area and look forward to seeing it fully implemented in practice."

To read the full press release with details on the announcement click here.

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  • Expert parentAre you the parent or carer of a child or young person with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges?
  • Have you struggled to access appropriate health support for your child? 
  • Do you think parents need more support to understand how the health system can support their children with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges?

The Council for Disabled Children is looking for parents to help us develop the curriculum for the Expert Parent Programme (EPP) tailored to parents of children and young people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges, as part of the NHS England Transforming Care programme.

Theyunderstand that this group of children and young people are too often left unsupported by health services which can have a long-term negative impact on whole families. The EPP supports parents to understand the health system and how to access the most effective health support for their children/young people. 

They are holding a development day on the 8th March from 11am-3pm in central London and are looking for parents to attend to share their experiences of accessing health services and suggestions to make this process easier that we can incorporate in to the existing EPP materials. 

If you are interested in attending please let Vicky know (vwatt-smith@ncb.org.uk) by 19 February, we will cover reasonable travel expenses and provide lunch.

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