Derbyshire Special Educational Needs Support
Covers all of Derbyshire (except Derby City) â€“ is based at the Chesterfield Register Office, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield (01629 533660). The Service provides impartial advice, support and guidance to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs. The Service is by parental/carer referral.
Derbyshire SEN Latest News
SEN reforms; Frequently asked questions (03-06-2013)
Special Educational Needs Reform - England Frequently Asked Questions
Derbyshire Partnership Helpline (03-06-2013)
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 can be accessed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00 - 14.00. Phone: 01629 533668
Disability Direct - The Stuff - Young Disabled People's Project (19-03-2013)
Providing support, information and advice for 16-25 year old disabled people in Derby and Derbyshire
Derbyshire SEN Latest Events
Parenting Additional Needs Support Group
This Parent Support Group is being run by Parenting Additional Needs
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We meet once a month during term time in Matlock and also have family activities in the holidays We have speakers at most meetings and offer support in a confidential and friendly environment where you can speak to others who understand what life with a special needs child is all about
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This event is being held at / in : Matlock
Umbrella Support Groups May - July 2013
This Parent Support Group is being run by Umbrella
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UMBRELLA working to improve the quality of life for disabled children, young people and their families in Derby City and Southern Derbyshire Parent/Carers Support Group Summer 2013
Contact : Phone Alisha 01332 785658
This event is being held at / in : Various Locations in and around Derby City and Southern Derbyshire
Learning Disability Carers Community Group April - August 2013
This Parent Support Group is being run by Learning Disability Carers Community Group
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A FULLY INDEPENDENT SUPPORT GROUP: OUR MEETING DATES 4TH FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH 26TH APRIL 2013 24TH MAY 2013 28TH JUNE 2013 26TH JULY 2013 23RD AUGUST 2013
Contact : JULIE 07832199134 or SUE 07442169871
This event is being held at / in : TOWN HALL, ROSE HILL, CHESTERFIELD
Derbyshire SEN Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Annual Review?
The Local Authority (LA) must review your child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs at least every year (every six months for children under five). Early or interim reviews can be called if necessary.
The Annual Review is a meeting, normally held in your child’s School or Early Years Setting. Everyone who is involved with your child is invited to attend or send written comments. The meeting will:
- Record any changes in your child’s circumstances
- Consider your child’s progress and whether the - Statement is still appropriate for your child’s needs
- Set new targets for the next year to be used to update the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
It is an important opportunity for you and your child to share your views with the School/Setting and the LA.
Who will attend the Annual Review meeting?
The Head Teacher will invite you, your child whenever possible, people who have worked with your child, professionals who have been involved, a representative of the LA and anyone else you, or the Head Teacher, feels would be able to give
helpful information or advice. Some people who are invited may not attend.
Will there be any paperwork for an Annual Review?
All the people invited to the meeting will be asked for a report. Copies of reports should be sent out 2 weeks before the meeting. It will be helpful if you could complete the form which asks for your views and return it to school/setting. If
possible, your child’s views should also be represented.
What will happen at the Annual Review meeting?
Your child's progress will be discussed and information shared. You can ask questions or ask for an explanation if you are unclear about anything that is said. You will be asked for your views, which will be taken into account and recorded.
When should Secondary Transfer be discussed?
Year 5/6: The Y5 Annual Review should be held, if possible, in the summer term, so transfer to Secondary School can be discussed.
The SENCO of the Secondary School may be invited to attend the Y5 and Y6 Reviews. The LA Local Inclusion Officer usually attends the Y5 Review.
What is a Transitional Review?
A Transition Review is held in Year 9 to make recommendations and plans for your child's move into adult life, involving the Connexions Service.
What will happen following the Annual Review?
A report of the meeting, summing up what was said and making recommendations is sent to the LA, along with all the reports that were submitted. Everyone who went to the meeting, or sent a report will be sent a copy. The LA will contact you to tell you if they agree with the recommendations.
If there are changes in provision or placement, the LA will consult you about amending the Statement.
What is a Statutory Assessment?
Statutory Assessment is a thorough and careful process, where all the people who are involved with your child will be asked to write a detailed report about your child's special educational needs and the help that they may need.
Who might need a Statutory Assessment?
For most children with Special Educational Needs, extra help is available in school. However, for a few children with the most severe, complex and long term needs, who are not making adequate progress, a request may be made to the Local Authority (LA) for a Statutory Assessment.
Who can ask for a Statutory Assessment?
A request for a Statutory Assessment can be made to the LA in writing by: Parents/Carers, School or Early Years Setting, other professionals. Schools/settings and parents should work closely together when putting forward a request.
What happens when a request is made?
The LA will ask the school/setting for information about your child's needs and the extra help they are providing. You will also be consulted and can provide information.
You will be given the name of a Caseworker at the LA, who can give you information.
A Panel at the LA will decide, within 6 weeks of receiving the request, whether a Statutory Assessment is appropriate. They will inform you promptly of their decision
What are the possible outcomes of a request?
The LA may decide:
- Your child's needs can be met by the school/setting, with their existing budget, so the request will be refused. You have the right to appeal against this decision.
- A Statutory Assessment is needed and the LA will go ahead with collecting information and reports.
Who will be asked for a report?
- School or Setting
- Educational Psychologist
- School Doctor
- Social Services
- Anyone else who is working with your child
What should go in my report?
The LA will send you a long form to fill in - you know your child better than anyone else and it is very important that you pass on the information you have.
You can ask Parent Partnership to help you with this.
You can include reports from anyone you feel has relevant information.
How long will the Assessment take?
The LA have 10 weeks to gather information and decide whether or not to issue a Statement.
What happens next?
The LA will either issue a Proposed Statement or a Note in Lieu. You will be told about their decision and what this means for your child.
Who can I contact if I need further help or support?
- The SENCO or the Head Teacher at your child's school/ setting
- The Caseworker or Local Inclusion Officer at Derbyshire LA / The Assistant Admin Officer
- Inclusion & Assessment Officer at Derby City LA
- Derby & Derbyshire Parent Partnership Service
What is a Statement?
A Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a six part legal document that sets out your child's needs and all the special help he or she should have.
What happens once a Statement has been prepared for my child?
Before the Local Authority (LA) sends you a 'Final Statement' for your child, they will send you a 'Proposed Statement'. The LA will also send you a letter telling you how you can give your views on the proposed statement before it is finalised.
Can I choose my child's school?
A school is not named in part 4 of the proposed statement. This gives you the opportunity to say which school you prefer. The LA must agree as long as they are satisfied that your preferred school is suitable for your child's age, ability and special educational needs and that the education of the other children in the school will not be affected. The school named will appear on the final statement.
When will the LA make the final statement?
Usually the LA must make the final statement within 8 weeks of the proposed statement. If you have agreed with the proposed statement you will be sent a signed and final copy to keep. Your child's school and those involved in the assessment process will also receive a copy.
What if I disagree with the final statement?
If you disagree with what is in the final statement you should first ask your caseworker / assistant admin officer at the LA for an explanation. Parent Partnership may also be able to help you. If you are still not happy you have the right to appeal to the SEN Tribunal against
the contents of :
- PART 2 - Details of all your child's special educational needs.
- PART 3 - The help which the LA considers will meet your child's needs.
- PART 4 - Where your child should go to school.
What is a 'Note in Lieu'?
A Note in Lieu may be written in place of a statement for your child. It is not a legal document. It will describe your child’s educational needs, the reasons a statement has not been written and suggestions about meeting your child’s needs. It will also describe your child's other needs and how they will be supported. Copies of all the reports received will be sent to you with the Note in Lieu. Your permission will be sought for this to be distributed to your child's school / setting.
If you think that the decision to issue a Note in Lieu is wrong, speak to your LA caseworker / assistant admin officer who will advise you of the most appropriate action. Parent Partnership may also be able to help you. You also have the right to appeal to the SEN Tribunal.
School Action (Plus)
School say my child is on 'School Action'. What does this mean?
The school must tell you when they start giving extra or different help to your child because they have special needs. This help could be a different way of teaching or help from an extra adult, perhaps in a small group, or it could be the use of some special equipment. This stage is called School Action.
Your child's teacher is responsible for working with them and may write an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for them and discuss this with you. The IEP should say:
- What special help has been given
- How often your child will receive the help
- Who will provide the help
- What your child’s targets are
- How and when your child’s progress will be reviewed
- What help you could give your child at home
Not all schools will write an IEP but they should always be able to tell you what help they are giving your child and what progress they are making.
What is School Action Plus?
If your child does not make enough progress at School Action, the school's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) may decide to ask for help from people outside the school. This could be a speech therapist, a specialist teacher or an educational psychologist.
This sort of help is called School Action Plus.
The SENCO should keep you informed about how your child is getting on and should include you in any discussions about the help that is being provided.
Remember that your views are very important at every stage of the graduated approach.
What happens once my child is on School Action (Plus)?
If your child makes good progress at School Action or School Action Plus then they may need a reduced level of support or they may no longer need special help or an IEP. The class teacher should continue to monitor their progress. By using different teaching styles, books or worksheets and grouping children according to their learning needs, the class teacher makes sure that all children are supported in their learning. This is known as differentiation.
If your child still does not seem to be making enough progress or needs a lot more extra help, the SENCO may ask the Local Authority (LA) to make a more detailed assessment of their needs based on specialist advice. This Statutory Assessment may lead to the LA writing a Statement of Special Educational Needs.This would describe all your child's needs and all the special help they need.
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 SEN 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.
PARENT PARTNERSHIP SERVICE (PPS) REVIEW 2012 (09-07-2012)
Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils are reviewing the Parent Partnership Service, which provides impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers who have responsibility for children with special educational needs (SEN). As part of the review we would like to obtain the views of parents and carers with regard to the current service and ask if you would kindly take five minutes to respond to the following questions.
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.
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Derbyshire SEN Latest Leaflets
Derby and Parent Partnership Service (28-02-2013)
A leaflet giving information about free, confidential, impartial help, advice and support for Parents and Carers around special needs and exclusion.
Disability Assessment Letter (14-09-2011)
Challenging a refusal to assess your disabled child for specialist services
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