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From 1st September 2016 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) will no longer be used.
Young people in further education or training who receive support to meet their Special Educational Needs (SEN) as a result of an LDA who intend to continue in education beyond 31 August 2016 and will continue to require additional support, may need an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) to provide that support.
If you, as a young personwith SEN, currently have an LDA you can choose to make a request to the Local Authority for an EHC needs assessment to be done in order to prepare an EHC plan.
It is important that a request is put in to the Local Authority so that they are aware that the young person may need an EHC plan and to allow the correct support to continue.
Young people (16-25) themselves will have to make the request to the Local Authority.This can be done with support from parents or by parents on a young person’s behalf if necessary.
In Portsmouth the person to write to is:
Ms Alison Jeffery
Director of Children’s Services
3rd Floor, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
T: 023 9284 1201
Portsmouth City Council Inclusion Service,
2nd Floor, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, PO1 2EA
T: 023 9284 1238
Ask in writing. Keep a copy of your letter. Make a note of the six week deadline for the Local Authority’s reply.
Include your name, date of birth, address and contact details (it is the young person’s details that are needed.)
State that you are writing to request an EHC needs assessment.
Give details of the college attended, course enrolled on for next year, special educational needs and support needed etc.
For support with this process you can contact:
Portsmouth Independent Support
Tel: 0330 6600 925 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portsmouth SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS)
Tel: 0300 303 2000 Email: email@example.com
Ofsted 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.
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.