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Free childcare and early learning for 2, 3 & 4 year olds - free 15 hours, free 30 hours

Quick links to apply for free early education and childcare: 15 hours free for some 2 year olds 15 hours free for all 3 and 4 year olds 30 hours free for some 3 and 4 year olds Some families can get 15 hours free…

Funding for children with SEND

Funding for Islington Mainstream Schools Funding for all schools includes money that they should use to support children with additional needs From 2019-20, all schools in England are funded by the same national formula. Funding for SEND Pupils Funding for children and young people comes…

Further Education and SEND

Since 1 September 2014, the above institutions have had a duty to: Co-operate with the LA on arrangements for young people with SEND Admit a young person if the institution is named in an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan Have regard to the SEND…

How your child with autistic spectrum condition is supported in school

Children and young people with autistic spectrum condition have different types and degrees of need that require different levels of support. If your child has an autistic spectrum condition, they may have problems with some or all of the following: Communicating with teachers, support staff…

How your child with emerging needs is supported through early years

All early years settings must to put in place a ‘graduated approach’ to supporting children’s learning development. This is a system to identify and meet the needs of all children, including those who may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Settings include all private…

How your child with social, emotional and mental health needs is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of social, emotional and mental health needs that require different levels of support. If your child has social, emotional or mental health needs they may have problems with some or all of the following: Being unhappy, with low self-esteem…

How your child with speech and language difficulties is supported in school

There are a wide range of impairments covered by the term speech and language difficulties, including the following: Expressive language – for example your child’s ability to speak in sentences Language comprehension – your child’s ability to understand what people say Social communication – your…

How your child with visual impairment is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of visual impairments that require different levels of support. A visual impairment is likely to affect how your child makes sense of the world around them and how they move within it. Visual impairment is often identified early through…

I'm worried my child has SEN

It is important to identify children who do have special educational needs (SEN) as early as possible. This ensures they get the help they need to learn and develop to the best of their ability. If your child has SEN, they may need extra help…

Independent advice and support

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) provide advice and information to children with SEN or disabilities, their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities. They provide neutral and factual support on the special educational needs system to help the…

Islington SEND Parent Parliament

When parents and professionals work together, recognising each-others expert knowledge, better decision are made. Working together helps: Professionals understand how to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of children and families Parents to understand some of the difficulties faced by those who arrange…

Local Authority Duties for Children and Young People with SEND

The phrase ‘Local Authorities must’ appears 188 times in the SEN Code of Practice: The broad duties for the Local Authority (or Islington Council) , summarised here, are to: Ensure that children, their parents and young people are involved in discussions and decisions about their…

Local Authority Expectations

Every LA has a duty to ‘explain the special educational provision it expects to be made from within a mainstream school’s budget share’. Here we make explicit the provision we expect to be made by all Islington schools for children with SEND. This is important…

Measuring progress for children with SEND

The progress of all groups of children has been a prominent issue for all schools since the introduction of the 2012 Ofsted inspection framework. Parents also want to see evidence of progress. The issue of showing progress is particularly challenging for children with special educational…

Measuring Success

All children progress at different rates, and the same is true for children with SEND. Children and their needs are individual, and what is appropriate progress is therefore also individual, and has to be defined by success in meeting appropriately challenging SMART goals. The Council…

Mediation

Mediation must be available to any parent or young person who is not happy with the final version of their Education Health and Care Plan. (Any disagreement about anything else is open to disagreement resolution, not mediation). Level 1 – Mediation Advice Access to mediation…

Moving in and out of Islington - Children with Education, Health and Care Plans

Moving to Islington If a young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and their family are moving into Islington, it is helpful for parents and carers to contact the Special Education Team as early as possible. The Team can then advise them…

Notional SEN Budgets for Islington School 2018-19

What is the 'Notional SEN Budget and how is it calculated? LAs must, through the Schools Forum, identify the formula by which schools receive funding to provide support for pupils with SEND. This is called a 'Notional SEN Budget'. It is called 'notional' because no-one…

Our Vision for Children with SEND

Our vision is that every child and young person with SEND in Islington to have the opportunity to: Be happy, healthy, safe and confident about their future Become successful, resilient adults who achieve their aspirations in all aspects of their lives  Live fulfilling lives in…

Person Centred Planning

Person Centred Planning discovers and acts on what is important to a person. It is a process for continual listening and learning, focussing on what is important to someone now and in the future, and acting on this in alliance with their family and their…