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Department of Education: Consultation on the law relating to reviews of EHC plans

The Department for Education (DfE) have launched a consultation on the actions that a local authority should have to take if it proposes to amend an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan following a review meeting.

The DfE believe that the principal audiences for the consultation paper will be:

  • children and young people with EHC plans and their families,
  • organisations representing children and young people with SEND and their families,
  • LA SEND officers,
  • any early years setting, school, college or other setting attended by children or young people with an EHC plan,
  • educational psychologists, health professionals, social care professionals and others involved in the review of EHC plans.

Some of the key points relating to the consultation are set out below.

The DfE are very interested in your views, please do consider responding: the consultation closes on 12 August 2022.

Detail of the consultation
Local authorities have various duties over when and how they must review an individual’s Education, Health and Care plan. In the SEND and AP Review Green Paper we said that we intended to change the timescale for the issuing of proposals for amending plans following annual reviews.

The Department for Education has duly launched that further public consultation: Reviews of Education, Health and Care plans: proposed timescales.

The DfE are consulting on whether local authorities should:

  • have an additional four weeks after review meetings to finalise any changes they propose to a plan. (A March 2022 High Court judgment has clarified that the current duty on LAs is to do this within four weeks of the review meeting); and
  • have to circulate material for a review meeting a week earlier than currently.

The DfE believe that these proposals will benefit children, young people and their families, at the same time as delivering a more workable process.

Reviews of Education, Health and Care plans

A new approach to area SEND inspections

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are seeking views on proposed changes to the way they jointly inspect area SEND arrangements from 2023.

This consultation closes at: 11:45pm on 11 September 2022.

The consultation seeks your views on proposed changes to the way Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect local area partnerships to assess how they work together to improve the experiences and outcomes of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

They are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, disability, special educational needs (SEN) and/or alternative provision. Ofsted particularly want to hear from children and young people who have SEND, and their parents and carers. They are also keen to hear from local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, professionals and practitioners involved in the commissioning and delivery of services to children and young people with SEND.

Supporting documents

Alongside the consultation document, the following will also be published:

  • an easy-read version of the consultation
  • the draft equalities impact statement
  • the draft inspection framework and handbook

Children and young people’s consultation

The consultation is keen to hear from children and young people who have SEND and a dedicated young person’s consultation page has been set up. This is where young people can access information that is relevant to them and give their views.

Respond to the consultation

Responses to the consultation can be submitted online:

Complete the consultation

SEND and Alternative Provision Consultation

The Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper has been published (Tuesday 29 March), it sets out a vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and care.

The plans to reform the system will be open for consultation until 22 July 2022.

SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper

The ambitious green paper is the result of the SEND Review, commissioned to improve an inconsistent, process-heavy and increasingly adversarial system that too often leaves parents facing difficulties and delays accessing the right support for their child.

Consultation Link: SEND Review: right support, right place, right time


Updated Education Health Needs Assessment Request Form

It is requested that schools and settings use the new refreshed referral form for EHCNA Requests (Education Health and Care Needs Assessments).

The Parent Carer Education Health and Care Needs Assessment Request form has also been updated to include a medical questionnaire.

The forms are available to download from the SEND Local Offer here:  EHC Needs Assessment Request Form

Thinking of requesting an EHC assessment?

The SEND team respectfully request that you now wait until the Autumn Term before submitting an EHC needs assessment request.  As you can imagine the summer holiday creates a problem given children are not available for assessment. Should an EHC needs assessments be submitted an exemption to the 20 week timescale will be applied so ultimately there is no difference in applying for an EHC needs assessment now or waiting until September 2022. 

With regard to any possible new EHC need assessment requests we ask that all educational settings first discuss these with your allocated SEND officer before starting an application.  They will work with you to discuss how best to get SEND support and provision in place for children and young people.

Thank you for your support.

SEND Officer & Locality Contact Details


SEND and AP Review Consultation
SENCo Workshop

“Right Support, Right place, Right time”

The SEND Review was commissioned in 2019 explore the challenges in the SEND system, as a result a government consultation was issued requesting all partners in the SEND system respond to the proposals.

The overall aim of the review is to:

Create a more inclusive education system with excellent local mainstream provision which will improve the experience and outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and those who need alternative provision.

A workshop has been arranged for SENCo's to share their thoughts and responses to these proposals, enabling everyone to have the opportunity to feedback and shape how they feel the new system will work in the future. We would also encourage you to complete the consultation independently.

The workshop will be held on:

Thursday 30 June 2022
3.30pm - 4.30pm.
Microsoft Teams

An invitation the event will be sent to all SENCo's a week before. If you would like an invitation to the session and don't currently receive an invite to the SENCo Network sessions, please book by email: SENDandInclusion@telford.gov.uk


Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel – Changes with immediate effect

Changes to the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel and referral pathway into the BEE U service (with immediate effect)

In January a review of the Emotional Health and Wellbeing panel took place due to feedback from parents/ carers, schools and professionals. Since then the LA have been having some ongoing discussions with Bee U about the best way forward for the panel and the Neuro Diverse pathways.

It has been agreed that the Local Authority will no longer manage the referrals into the Bee U service, and that the panel as it currently exists will not continue. Bee U has made a decision that they will now accept referrals directly from schools as access referrals, and will communicate directly with schools and parents about decisions made on acceptance onto pathways.

Discussions are continuing about how we could take the feedback from the review into consideration, and use this to develop a productive model for the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group partnership moving forwards. There are plans for a working party to be formed to explore how we can work together on these developments.

From Friday 20 May 2022  all NEW referrals for all BEE U pathways must be sent directly to the BEE U service.  BEE U have provided some supporting documents that outline the referral pathway and criteria which can be found below.

If you have already sent a referral into the EHWB inbox, the Local Authority will send these onto the BEE U Service on your behalf. We will include you into the communication to BEE U about your referral.

If you have completed the EHWB Panel paperwork and not yet sent to the EHWB inbox, please send directly to BEE U outlined below.

If you are thinking of making a referral, please complete a BEE U Referral form being clear on if this is for a ADHD, ASD or core assessment referral. This needs to be sent directly to BEE U outlined below.

If you have already made an application and it’s been accepted through the EHWB panel but have concerns of a young person going into mental health crisis, please email 025spa@mpft.nhs.uk or call 08081964501.

If you have a child who is younger than 5 years old, please request that the family make contact with their GP and / or Health visitor. More information about the Child Development Centre can be found online.

If you have a young person over the age of 17 ½ years please make the referral to Adults Autism Hub or through their GP.

If you are a Special School please send the referral to BEE U outlined below, who may send onto the LD team.

If you are a professional who wants to refer a child who is Electively Home Educated, you or under exceptional circumstances the child’s GP can make the referral outlined below.

If you have a young person that you have concerns about and don’t know where to go for advice and guidance, please raise with support teams within your schools (EP’s / BSAT / LSAT / Your Mental Health Lead / Mental Health support teams in schools) or support services like BEAM / Kooth / BEE U Access team detailed below.

All referrals from 20 May 2022 to be sent via email to 025spa@mpft.nhs.uk. You can also telephone the BeeU Access Team on: 0808 196 4501 Option 1.

Referral pathway documents

ASD Referral Criteria

ADHD advice and support

BEE U Referral form

Please note that the above is subject to further change in the coming weeks but Bee U ND teams and Managers are fully committed to support the developments of both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in the efforts to improve and have more effective neurodevelopment pathways that are in line with the Community I-THRIVE approach.

More information is available on the SEND Local Offer: 
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel - SEND - Local offer (telfordsend.org.uk)

If you have any queries about this message please email Natalie.Bevan@telford.gov.uk or Claire.mcguiggan@telford.gov.uk.


My Options
Recruiting for Summer Play Scheme Assistants

Do you know some looking for a great summer job?

We are recruiting for this years’ Stay & Play Scheme for SEND children and young people. The scheme is run by My Options, Young People’s Service at a number of locations. The focus is on play and fun, and the feedback from last year’s scheme is that the young people had a fabulous time and it’s such a rewarding role… and we’re hoping that this year will be even better.

We’re looking to recruit highly motivated people. Experience isn’t essential but you must want to make a difference

The scheme runs for 5 weeks during the summer holiday and there are full and part time positions available, and we’d happily consider people who aren’t available for the whole of the scheme.

Apply for Summer Play Assistant


Travel Assistance for Children and Young People

Do any of the students in your school or setting use travel assistance?

If so, take a look at the information below to find out if they need to reapply.

Educational settings and parents in Telford and Wrekin that have young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are eligible for travel assistance for September 2022 are being told to apply now.  

There is only a need to reapply for travel assistance in instances where children are due to move to a new school in September or if they are moving to a new home address.

However eligible young people who are starting in a post 16 setting or continuing in a post 16 setting must reapply. This includes those staying at their current school and moving into Year 12. This is because travel assistance does not automatically continue between academic years for any young person in post 16 education.

Information about eligibility and links to the relevant Transport policies and online applications can be found on the SEND Local Offer.

SEND Local Offer – Travel Assistance

Applications for school age children should have been made by 30 June 2022  and for post 16 children by 31 July 2022 .

Where applications are outstanding please complete as soon as possible.

Late applications will not necessarily be granted travel assistance for the start of the new school term.


Independent Travel Training

Independent Travel Training is available to support young people to travel safely, independently and confidently. It usually involves the use of public transport to get to school, college or a work placement.

SEND Local Offer – Independent Travel Training


SEND Fair Share Fund for Mainstream Schools 2022 – 2023

‘Fair share’ of children with SEND across our mainstream schools is a local priority area for action. Fair share would assume that the distribution of pupils with SEND across schools is proportionate to the same proxy indictors that are used to generate the notional budget for SEND however data, shared with the school community, shows that some settings have disproportionately high numbers of pupils with SEND. Those schools report financial difficulties, given the support costs required are substantially higher than their allocated notional SEN budget. Longer term, work on creating a fairer share of pupils will create more balance in pupil numbers across schools but based on the current profile there is a need to release additional high need funding for SEND to those mainstream schools with disproportionate numbers.

The SEND Fair Share Fund for Mainstream Schools 2022 -23 has an allocated budget of £200K. It represents the ambition that mainstream schools are enabled and have the resilience to support increasing complexity of children’s needs. The fund is split into two parts; Part A is determined through a generic formula and Part B is through a request process. To qualify for Part B you must have received funding from Part A, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Funding is allocated in two tranches. Schools who qualify for PART A support in the summer term will be notified by 31 July 2022. Schools that qualify for support in the autumn and spring term will be notified by 30 September 2022.

Applications for PART B funding should be made as soon as possible and preferably before 31 October 2022. The SEND Fair Share Fund for Mainstream Schools is reviewed on at least an annual basis and its renewal into future financial years will be dependent on the availability of budget within the high need block. Criteria is subject to change at any point

SEND Local Offer - Fair Share Fund


Good News
ELSA Quality Mark

Telford & Wrekin Educational Psychology Service is proud to announce that we have once again been awarded the ELSA Quality Mark 2022. This recognises the extra high standard we provide in the planning, delivery and evaluation of ELSA training and supervision.

Our ELSAs play an important role in the education system in Telford, enabling children and young people to better manage their emotions so that they are ready to learn. The work our ELSAs do is especially vital in this ‘post-Covid’ world, in which we understand more than ever the importance of emotional literacy and wellbeing in enabling us to cope with an uncertain world. Our ELSAs are helping children and young people in Telford & Wrekin to overcome the challenges many of them faced during the pandemic and to move forward with optimism.

The ELSA Quality Mark 2022 reflects the value and high esteem with which we train and supervise our ELSAs. The next round of training will take place in September 2022 – for any schools or settings interested in further developing ELSA, we are running an ELSA Coffee Morning via Teams at 9am on Thursday 12 May 2022. Email Jane.Park@telford.gov.uk for your invite.


Your Views Matter

EHCNA and Annual Review Feedback Forms

We are updating our Feedback Forms for EHC Needs Assessments and Annual Reviews – please see the new ways that Feedback can be provided by parents and carers.

Education Health and Care Needs Assessments

A new feedback form has been created and will be sent out as a word document with any final plans to parents and families or feedback can be provided online using the link below.

EHCNA Feedback Form

Annual Review Feedback

A short feedback form is available to complete at the end of each Annual Review.

Annual Review Feedback Form


Welcome & Goodbye

Welcome to...

PfA SEND Officer
Jamie Goodall-Barber

Hello everyone and I am delighted to have recently been appointed as a SEN Officer in the post 16 team.  I have joined Telford having worked for several local authorities where I have had the chance to work on projects with both OFSTED and the DfE and I am also a former headteacher and cannot wait to meet many of you soon!

Email: Jamie.Goodall-Barber@telford.gov.uk 

SEND Quality Implementation Officer
Gwen Nutting

Hello,I am delighted to have been appointed in the Education and Skills team as SEND Quality Implementation Officer. 

I am a qualified teacher, SENCo and qualified access arrangements assessor. I was also designated teacher for LAC in my former setting. 

Having previously worked in Telford and Wrekin I am very pleased to return in my new role, supporting the SEND Team with quality assurance.

Email: gwen.nutting@telford.gov.uk

Goodbye to...

Graham Groves
Joint Team Lead - Sensory Inclusion Service

After 34 years, as a key member of the Sensory Inclusion Service, Graham Groves has taken the decision to retire. He’s looking forward to embracing new challenges and opportunities, one of which is trip of a lifetime to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe soon after he leaves the service.

He began working in Shropshire in 1988 and worked within a resource base in Shrewsbury before moving into the peripatetic service in 1991 where he supported children and young people in a variety of age groups in settings across the county. Following this, he undertook further training as an Educational Audiologist which led to close liaison with colleagues in Audiology and ENT. In the service, he is affectionately known as ‘the baby man’ due to his passion for early intervention and ensuring that families are well supported in the early years following the detection of hearing loss. He has represented SIS in various Leonardo projects in the EU to formulate a model of support that would strengthen what was on offer to CYP with hearing impairment across the European Union.

The joint working with Health, that he has been instrumental in developing, has acted as a template for many other services across England. He has acted as Joint team Leader of SIS for 7 years and has had a key role in delivering SEND services across both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. His work has been greatly valued by colleagues in many professions.

It is with heavy hearts that we bid him ‘farewell’ (but not goodbye) as we know that with his passion for offering informed choice and supporting the needs of cyp with hearing loss will see him involved in the profession again!

Bon voyage Graham.


Your Views Matter – EHCNA and Annual Review Feedback Forms

We are updating our Feedback Forms for ECHNA Requests and Annual Reviews – please can we politely request that this information is shared with parent carers and families.

EHCNA Requests

A new Feedback Form has been created and will be send out as a word document with any final plans to parents and families. Feedback can also be provided online using the link below.

EHCNA Feedback Form

Annual Review Feedback

A feedback form is available to complete at the end of each Annual Review.

Annual Review Feedback Form

Thank you for your assistance in sharing this information with your families.


Shout Out for SEND (SOS) Group
Young Persons Forum 

Shout Out for SEND (SOS) is a group of 11-25 year olds who meet every month to ensure they have the chance to have their voice heard and to influence the decisions in Telford & Wrekin SEND and the Information Advice and Support Service (IASS service).

Over the autumn term the group will be writing to school councils and Post 16 settings to see how they can work together with the forum. The group would like to actively encourage young people to share their views and feedback to influence decisions both for themselves and other young people in Telford.

Shout Out for SEND on Facebook:
You can find out more about the group by joining the SOS Facebook page.

We understand that not all young people are able to join the group but we would still like to hear their views on services and share ideas, so we, in partnership with IASS, have created a closed Facebook site for the SOS group.

Search for Shout Out for SEND on Facebook and request to ‘Join Group’ (young people will need to be over the age of 13 to access this Facebook Group). Please can we request that this information is shared with any students who may be interested.

SOS Group - SEND Local Offer


Thinking of requesting an EHC needs assessment?

If you are thinking of a requesting a new EHC needs assessment we are asking that all educational settings first discuss these with your allocated SEND officer before starting an application.  They will work with you to discuss how best to get SEND support and provision in place for children and young people.

Thank you for your support.

SEND Officer and Locality Contact Details


Accessibility Reminders

The Council is required under the Equality Act 2010 to have an accessibility strategy in which it promotes better access for disabled pupils at school.

All schools should have due regard to this Accessibility Strategy and use it to inform their Accessibility Plan that shows how, over time, access to education for disabled pupils will be improved. Schools must publish their Accessibility Plan with links to their SEN Information report on the Local Offer.

Schools are also required to pre-emptively consider accessibility of their site in relation to parents, contractors and other site visitors under their public sector Equality Duty of reasonable adjustment

SEND Local Offer – Accessibility Strategy


Message from Shropcom – Advice Line

Please can we remind all schools and educational settings to use the Advice Line for Shropcom prior to making a referral to OT (Occupational Therapy) or SALT (Speech and Language Therapy). The advice line provides a triage service for referrals, including answering enquiries during your call.

Children’s Occupational Therapy

Advice Line
Tel: 01743 450800
E-mail: shropcom.OT4kids@nhs.net

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy


Annual Health Checks

Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.

An annual health check gives people time to talk about anything that is worrying them and means they can get used to going to visit the doctor.

To help explain what is involved in an annual health check, a group of inspiring young people from Derwen College have created the following video to raise awareness of the importance of annual health checks.

The video is aimed to help young people with learning disabilities to understand the process of an annual health check in a simple, easy to understand format.

Watch the video


 Telford & Wrekin Children’s Autism Hub 0-18

The Telford Children’s Autism Hub has now opened its doors in January 2022, and recently had their Official Launch Event. The Service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 years and their families who have a formal diagnosis of Autism living in Telford and Wrekin. They provide peer support for families, activities for children and young people and their families, training workshops and opportunities for children and young people with autism to aspire, develop and have access to community centred support.

 They believe in:

  • ” the empowerment of children and young people with autism to live a full and active life “
  • “Our work is based around child centred principles focused on building up and celebrating the individual strengths and gifts of each child”

The team are available to listen and explain the hub and what we can offer through a range of support options. 

There is also specialist advice available through Autism West Midlands through advice sessions and workshops. 

They would love to hear from families, as you are the experts, and we value your feedback to support the future development of the hub.  They also sit alongside the Telford Adults Autism Hub.  This supports the transition of young people into the support for adults and opens the pathways of support into adult independence.

They already have feedback, and would like to share this with you from a family accessing support. 

“The hub provides friendship for us and our daughter.  A safe and non-judgemental place where we can access support and our daughter is free to be herself”.

Download: Autism Hub Leaflet

Website: Children's Autism Hub


PODS Referral Form

PODS have recently amended our referral process, professionals are now welcome to fill out the Referral Form to make the process easier, however, you are more than welcome to also contact us to discuss individual cases.

Download: PODS Referral Form

Contact Details:

Phone: 01952 458047
Email: support@podstelford.org

PODS Website


SEND Parent Carer & Family Newsletter

The Newsletter for Parent Carers and Families is now published regularly. Please can we request that you encourage your families to sign up to receive their personal copy of the Newsletter.

SEND Local Offer: Parent Carer & Family News

Parents and Family Carers can sign up to receive the email bulletin direct to their Inbox using the link below:

Sign up to the SEND Parent Carer & Family News 


The Provider Framework for the care and support of people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health needs

Telford & Wrekin Council have a framework of care providers to purchase care and support for people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental health needs living in the community.  

Download the Framework