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Portsmouth City Council would like to hear your feedback on their Local Offer Website.
The Purpose of a Local Offer Website is for all of the services which children, young people and parents can use to be in one place.

Have a look at the Local Offer website here: http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/

Then go to the link below and fill out a survey, it won't take more than a few minutes.

https://www.research.net/r/Localoffer2016

 

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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. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_March_2016.pdf

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Scope is carrying out a survey about young disabled people’s experiences of using social care services to do the things they want to do in their lives. We want to speak to people who:

* Are aged 17 to 30

* Are currently using publicly-funded social care

* Have experiences with social care they are happy to talk about.

Everyone who takes part in the survey will be entered into our prize draw where one lucky winner will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Click here to go to the survey <https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/yourlifeyourway> .

If you have any other questions then please do let me know and thanks again for your help.

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The Department for Education has recently launched a "call for evidence"

This is because they want to ask children and young people what they think about peer support and peer mentoring for mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Peer support can be a variety of things - from helping a friend to discuss their problems, through buddying and befriending schemes, to one to one and group support sessions. It can happen face to face or be online.

It’s about promoting the idea of good emotional wellbeing as much as supporting those young people experiencing problems.

The responses from the call for evidence will be used to help improve ways that young people can support eachother.

They want as many children and young people as possible to take part in the call for evidence. You can take part by filling in this survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/83F20/.

The Department for education are also putting flash polls on their Twitter page @educationgovuk every week for four weeks.

The call for evidence closes on 24 March.

The email address for any questions about the call for evidence is: PeerSupport.consultation@education.gsi.gov.uk.

There is also a call for evidence for professionals and parents, at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-peer-support. 

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Highbury college and South Downs College are having open evenings soon.

Highbury College is on the 27th of February.

You can find out more information here: https://www.highbury.ac.uk/news-and-events/2016/01/06/feb-open-event/

South Downs is having an open evening on the 1st of March

You can find out more information here: http://southdowns.ac.uk/open-evening/

If you attend South Downs open evening then make sure that you come visit Young Person's IASS and Dynamite at the learning support department.

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Phab are a charity for children and adults with disabilities.

This summer they are putting on some residential trips for young disabled people.

This is what they say about the trips:

"With over 200 places available these inclusive projects will take place at accessible centres around the country and have an emphasis on building confidence and independence, working as a team and most importantly having fun! With a dedicated team of trained and experienced staff and volunteers, there is a supportive environment where everyone can take part and be included 100%."

The dates of the trips are:

The dates and venues for the projects are as follows:

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District Weekend for 8 – 18 years,
24th – 26th June

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Seven Nights for 8 – 18 years,
30th July – 6th August

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Seven Nights for 8 – 18 years,
6th August – 13th August

Avon Tyrrell, Hampshire, Six Nights for 8 – 25 years,
13th August – 19th August

Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District, Family Weekend (Children 8 – 18 years)
14th – 16th October

You can apply to attend by going on the link below, you are advised to get in your applications as soon as possible.

http://phab.org.uk/projectapplicationformparticipant/

Any questions contact Rebecca at rebecca.hargreaves@phab.org.uk

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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.

EVERY PARENT SHOULD HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE SUPPORTED BY TEACHERS WHO UNDERSTAND THEM

  • 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.

EVERY TEACHER DESERVES THE RIGHT TRAINING

  • 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:

http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/england/education/everyteacher.aspx

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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