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This information has been produced in line with the Government advice that was published on 11th May 2020 and is subject to change if further guidance is released.

How will a Child be supported with Transition into a new setting?

Schools are currently looking at how they can effectively support children through transition to a new setting. Schools are being encouraged to create videos that show children around their new classrooms, corridors and the school to help them become familiar with the environment. One example has been created by Aqueduct Primary School which can be found: HERE

For children in the process of moving to a specialist setting, what are the arrangements?

Schools will be in contact to support the transition to a specialist setting, if you have any concerns please contact the school to discuss this with them.

What will happen with annual reviews as outcomes may not have been met as a result of being off school?

Annual Review requirements remain in place, a review meeting should be held although this may be in a slightly different format. For example, annual reviews have been held ‘virtually’ using Microsoft Teams (video conferencing software) this means that parents, children, young people and professionals ‘meet’ together even if they are not in the same room. Reasonable endeavours will be made by schools/settings to support children and young people to meet the outcomes in their Education, Health and Care plans. These reasonable endeavours will be specific for each child or young person, there may be some difference in the support that is being given during this time.

Will education pay for additional support at home, through a PA?

Any support will be based on the guidelines for ‘reasonable endeavours' which give guidance on how support within the Education, Health and Care plans will be provided during this challenging time. For more information on the definition of ‘reasonable endeavours' please see the SEND Parent/Carer Briefing May.

Guidance: Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Select the section entitled - The time limited duty to use ‘reasonable endeavours' to secure or arrange provision in an EHC plan.

Can my child attend school if we/they are struggling at home?

Over the last couple of weeks the Local Authority has been making phone calls to all parents/carers to discuss the risk assessment that schools have completed, in most cases with parents. This risk assessment helped to determine whether children and young people were safer at home or in their educational setting. In line with government guidance, the majority of children are safer at home, however for children with EHC plans there are a number of factors to consider. Therefore if you feel that your child or young person would be safer at school, please contact their school to discuss this with them.

My child is not receiving appropriate work, what should I do?

You need to speak to your child’s school/teacher. There has been more guidance issued around supporting children/young people with EHC plans and schools/settings must make reasonable endeavours to support children's learning.

Can I still apply for an EHCP? What is the process for doing this?

We would advise that you speak to the SEND Officer for your locality before requesting an EHC plan, this is because there may be a delay in getting the advice needed for the plan to be written due to restrictions visiting schools/homes at this time. There are alternative ways that support can be put in place quickly for children/young people so that when they return to their school or setting there is already support in place for them. Take a look at the Inclusive School Forum and Early Years Inclusion Panel pages on the Local Offer for more information.  To speak to a member of the SEND Team you can either email: sendandinclusion@telford.gov.uk and request a call back or telephone 01952 381045.

I have just been informed that the Local Authority is carrying out an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment, how will the assessments be carried out?

The SEND Teams are still working to their statutory requirements, therefore they are still completing assessments, although the way that they are completed may look a little different than normal. We have had success in using ‘virtual’ technology such as video conferencing to talk to parents, carers, children and young people. The Educational Psychology team are working from home and they are still carrying out assessments through non-face to face methods. Psychological advice produced in this way will make clear the conditions under which these assessments have taken place. Other teams will be working in similar ways.

What additional support will be available for those on SEN support when they return to school?

This will be based on individual need, please contact your child's school or setting to discuss this with them.                 

What are the priorities for the transition of children going into school from nursery and children going into secondary schools and leaving school going into colleges?

We will be working in line with schools and settings in accordance with the guidance that was issued on 12th May 2020.

Guidance: Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

See also: How will a Child be supported with Transition into a new setting?

What support will my child with SEND be given to prepare for their transition to reception class in September?

Transition support for children transferring to reception class in school in September will be particularly important in the current circumstances. Early Years settings and schools are encouraged to invite parents to an on-line transition meeting, to discuss the needs of individual children with SEND. Other professionals who may be involved with your child, for example an Early Years Advisory Teacher or a Speech and Language Therapist, may also be invited. The meeting should be an opportunity to make plans to ensure a smooth transition for your child, and to share successful support strategies. Parents should have the opportunity to share any concerns, and to ask questions. Some schools have prepared additional resources, such as a transition book (with photographs of the classroom environment and key people), or a virtual tour, which they will be able to share. Contact your Early Years setting SENCo to find out what transition support is available.

I am pursuing an admissions appeal,  are there any changes to timescales for appealing and knowing the outcome?

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the legal restrictions that have been implemented in respect of social distancing, the Government has made emergency legislation which temporarily amends regulations which govern the way in which schools admission authorities set up and run appeals against the allocation of school places by the admissions authority.

The temporary regulations now prevent the usual practice of face-to-face hearings. For appeals in respect of Telford & Wrekin schools the Admissions Authority has decided to make use of telephone conferencing.

For information around appeals and deadlines visit  www.telford.gov.uk/admissions

My child is on a modified timetable 3 hours a day and has still been going into school but has had this reduced even further to 1 hour a day, should this happen?

You will need to discuss this with your child/young persons school or setting if you are unhappy with the amount of hours that your child is accessing.

What is happening about PPE in schools? 

Information about PPE and social distancing can be found in the Coronavirus (Covid 19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings that was published by the Department for Education on 11th May 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Can I access therapies if they are not included in my child's EHC Plan?

You will need to contact the therapy services to discuss this with them. Any support will be based on the guidelines for ‘reasonable endeavours' which give guidance on how support within the Education, Health and Care plans can be provided during this challenging time. For more information on the definition of ‘reasonable endeavours' please see the SEND Parent/Carer Briefing May.

Guidance: Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Select the section entitled - The time limited duty to use ‘reasonable endeavours' to secure or arrange provision in an EHC plan

Contact details for Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Services are available on the Local Offer.

Select your child/young persons age range, select the dropdown list for health, links to all the health services can be found there.

MPFT are open business as usual, to contact by phone - 0300 124 0093

SHROPCOM Advice Line is open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

Telephone: 01743 450800 (option 4) for Children’s Therapy and CDC services

Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy/Speech and Language Therapy/CDC