Peoples Services - HR Schools FAQ's updated 3 April
Please see attached latest HR FAQ's updated 3 April
Special Educational Needs and Disability Update 03.04.20 from Ronnie Hartley
I appreciate that during the Covid 19 outbreak where its clearly not business as usual, that the requests from the Local Authority SENDACT team for places for children with Education Health and Care Plans for September are particularly difficult and challenging. Also trying to keep the annual review process operational, when many pupils are not in school. Requests for new assessments continue to come in and the Local Authority are required to continue to respond to these. SENDACT are working hard to ensure that things are being dealt with in a timely manner whilst being mindful of the unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in.
The current position is that the Local Authority retains all its statutory duties as outlined in Section 42 of the Children and Families Act around Statutory Assessment, Annual Reviews, Finalising EHCPs and transitions. It is anticipated but not confirmed, that the Secretary of State will be be issuing a Section 17 notice which will modify the requirements of Section 42 in the next few weeks, this could:
• Modify the duty under S.42 to secure special educational provision, revising our duty to one of ‘reasonable endeavours’ rather than an absolute duty.
• Suspend the duty to undertake Annual Reviews.
• Modify other duties such as the duty to secure education otherwise than at school for children of compulsory school age.
If these changes are introduced, they can only be introduced for up to a month at a time, the Secretary of State can extend these duties if its reasonable and proportionate to do so for a further month.
However, for now we are being asked to proceed with our statutory duties as defined in Section 42 of the Children and Families Act so please bear with us.
The DfE issued revised vulnerable children guidance on the 01.04.20 please see attached link.
Education Health and Care Assessment (EHCA)
Existing EHCA where we have the advice the EHCPs will be issued within statutory timescales.
New EHCAs we need to look at how we can secure the advice whilst being mindful of social distancing, this also applies to health and social care. Educational Psychology are continuing to fulfil statutory responsibilities around EHC assessments, completing these
through telephone conversations with key adults who know the child/young person best and, where appropriate, the children and young people themselves. They will also gather information via indirect assessment tools and continue to be informed by previous work undertaken by the service and other professionals involved. Reports will make it clear that advice can be updated once children/young people have settled back into school.
There is still a requirement to carry these out and some schools have put in place systems to do this remotely via skype. There may be further advice from the DfE about paper-based reviews and then collating this information within revised timescales.
Parents and children Visiting
This is going to be really challenging over the coming weeks, but we must be mindful of social distancing, but creative ways of supporting families to see the school and for you to speak to families will need to be considered. Again, further advice to follow.
Thank you all for your continued hard work to support children and young people with SEND during these unprecedented circumstances.
Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual
Please follow link to document issued:
A direction from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about calculating summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results.
Update from GOV.UK – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Please see the attached guidance.
Updated guidance on educational provision over the Easter holidays.
6:46pm, 1 April 2020
Update from GOV.UK – Coronavirus (COVID-19): induction for newly qualified teachers
Please see the attached guidance.
5:17pm, 1 April 2020
Schools please contact your Appropriate Body for advice.