Derbyshire Exclusion Support Service
Based at the Community Centre, School Board Lane, Brampton, Chesterfield (01246 273154) and covers all Derbyshire, except Derby City. The Service provides impartial advice, support and guidance to parents and carers of children who are at risk of or who have been excluded, fixed term or permanently, from school. The Service is by parental/carer referral.
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Parent Partnership Helpline (14-12-2012)
This is a helpline for parents/carers who have concerns around special educational needs or exclusion from school. We provide free, confidential, impartial help and advice. The Helpline is now in operation on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
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Derbyshire Exclusion Support FAQ
Why do we have a National Curriculum?
The National Curriculum is in place to make sure that all children receive the same education and standard of teaching in all schools.
What is the National Curriculum?
The National Curriculum must be taught to all children aged 5-16 in all Local Authority schools. It sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding needed in each subject. It provides standards to measure how well children are doing, to help teachers plan future learning.
The National Curriculum is broken down into four key stages and the Foundation Stage for younger children. To help teachers know exactly how a child is progressing, levels can be broken down into;
A - fully achieved
B - almost there
C - working on
What is Foundation Stage?
The Foundation Stage is designed specifically for children aged 3-5 years.
There are six areas of learning covering children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. A child's development is assessed throughout the Foundation Stage. A record of development across all of these areas provides a picture of the whole child at the end of the Foundation Stage.
What is Key Stage 1?
Key Stage 1 (KS1) is the level of the National Curriculum taught to children in Reception to Year 2 (Age 4-7). National tests (SATs) are taken at the end of Year 2. Children are expected to attain Level 2.
What is Key Stage 2?
Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the level of the National Curriculum taught to children in Year 3 to Year 6 (Age 7-11). National tests (SATs) are taken at the end of Year 6. Children are expected to attain Level 4.
What is Key Stage 3?
Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the level of the National Curriculum taught to children in Year 7 to Year 9 (Age 11-14). National tests (SATs) are taken at the end of Year 9. Children are expected to attain Level 5 or 6.
What is Key Stage 4?
Key Stage 4 (KS4) is the level of the National Curriculum taught to children in Year 10 and Year 11 (Age 14-16). National tests (GCSEs) are taken at the end of Year 11.
Equity Act 2010
What if my child appears to have Special Educational Needs?
Schools can meet a wide range of Special Needs. Parents/carers have a right to request a Statutory Assessment. Schools and Parent Partnership can tell you more about this. If a request is turned down you can appeal to the SENDIST (The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal).
What is meant by Disability?
The DDA defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment which is substantial and long term, preventing a person taking part in normal day to day activities”. A disability is not always the same as a Special Educational Need.
What do schools have to do for disabled pupils?
The Law says that schools must make “reasonable adjustments” so that disabled children are not treated less favourably than others. This happens when a school treats a child differently because of their disability, and it can’t justify the treatment.
Schools must make reasonable adjustments to fit a pupil’s needs and to ensure disabled pupils are not at a disadvantage.
Should I tell the school that my child is disabled?
If you know, or think your child is disabled it is a good idea to tell the school. It is a particularly good idea if your child has a disability that is not obvious. If the school does not know that your child is disabled, it may not be able to help.
Who is responsible for Disability in Schools and settings?
The Government defines the responsibility as being held by “the responsible body”. Responsibility is held by the Governors in most schools and owners in private schools.
What is a ‘reasonable adjustment’?
This will be different in every case and may not cost a lot of money. It can often be a change in attitude.
What is meant by Accessibility?
- Getting into and around a building
- Being able to take part in all school activities
- Giving all children the same opportunity
What can you do if your child’s needs are not being met?
- Ask your school or setting for the Accessibility Plan or Disability Equality Scheme
- Talk to the Headteacher
- Talk to a Governor
- talk to your Local Inclusion Officer
The Parent Partnership Service can guide you through all of this.
After trying these you could:
- Contact the Mediation Service on 0161 480 5234
- Appeal to the Special Needs & Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)- 0870 606 5750
Further information from:
- Equality & Human Rights Commission
- Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) SEN Booklet
Why do we have the P scales?
The P scales were designed to provide a way of assessing children aged 5-16 who are working below level 1 of the National Curriculum. They will help teachers in planning future targets and will help them to review the progress of these children.
They will also give parents and carers a clear idea of their child’s progress.
What are the P scales?
The P scales break down into small achievable steps the important skills, knowledge and understanding which a child needs before moving on to work at the National Curriculum levels. There are P scales for:
- PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
The P scales use eight levels, P1—P8. They can be used in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools for children who may or may not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
Who will use the P scales?
Class Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Support Service Teachers and SENCOs will use the P scales.
How will the P scales be used?
The P scales will be used as guidance and support when planning a programme of work for individual children and to identify progress and achievement.
Derbyshire Exclusion Support Latest Documents
Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England (01-09-2012)
The Department for Education's (DfE) most recent statutory guidance on exclusions is set out in 'Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England: a guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion'. This guidance came into effect on 1 September 2012. Section 3 (beginning on page 5) focuses on the headteacher's power to exclude a pupil, and covers reasons for excluding a pupil. Paragraph 1 notes that only the headteacher, or acting headteacher, of a school can authorise an exclusion.
Derbyshire Parent Partnership (18-11-2011)
Derby & Derbyshire Parent Partnership is a free, confidential, impartial service, offering help, advice and support for Parents and Carers. The Service is ‘arms length’ from both Derby City and Derbyshire County Council.
Anti-bullying guide (29-06-2011)
Guide from Bristol about anti-bullying for parents/carers
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Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council
Advisory Centre for Education
Offers free advice to parents and others on all aspects of state education; publishes guides to the law on education and on many other aspects of schooling, including a bi-monthly ACE Bulletin & ACE Special Education Handbook. ACE also offer a text service on 68808 so parents can ask for advice using their mobile phone messaging service. We have moved across Islington to our new office near Caledonian Road tube station to The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) United House The Busworks 39-41 North Road London N7 9DP
Charity providing practical information and advice for young people - strategies for tackling bullying. Resource for schools, teachers, pupils and parents.
Derbyshire Exclusion Support Latest Leaflets
Derbyshire Parent Partnership offers advice on exclusions
Parent Partnership Information (09-06-2011)
Includes contact details and information about the Service.
The National Curriculum & P Scales (30-07-2010)
This leaflet explains what the National Curriculum is and the levels of attainment expected at differnt key stages through your childs education. It also gives information about P scales and how they are used. PLEASE VIEW THE MAIN CONTACT PAGE FOR DERBYSHIRE PARENT PARTNERSHIP, AS CONTACT DETAILS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THIS LEAFLET WAS PRINTED.