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Accessibility Strategy and Accessibility Plans

Duty placed on schools The Equality Act 2010 and related Equality Duty 2011 reiterate the duty on schools as laid out in the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to produce an Accessibility Plan. The accompanying guidance for schools confirms that schools continue to have a…

Accessing Services

The NHS provides services that everyone can access.  Due to varying and often complex needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, it is possible that a range health professionals (including specialist health professionals) will be involved with you or your…

Achievement for All

The ‘Achievement for All’ programme (part funded by the DfE) was developed with primary and secondary schools and academies, special schools and pupil referral units. It provides a whole-school improvement framework, and has been positively evaluated for impact by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). There…

Additional Support

When a social worker is not involved with your child and family but you feel you need some additional support, to understand and manage the needs of your disabled child an Early Support Keyworker can help you.  The Early Support Team are part of the Disabled…

Analysing and Using SEND Data

Data collection and analysis are essential elements in developing a more ‘forensic’ approach to removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and supporting the setting of realistic and stretching targets for SEND pupils. SEN Code of Practice The effective use of data helps to support the…

Assess, Plan, Do, Review

The SEND Code of practice is specific about good practice once a potential SEND is identified, and the four types of action needed to put effective support in place through the 'graduated approach'. The four actions are: Assess: the Early Years / class teacher and SENCo should…

Autism

Autism spectrum condition (ASC) affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASC. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls although it is thought that ASC in girls is under recognised. There's no…

Autism Awareness

Various personal accounts of what it is like to have autism are available on the Autism Awareness area of the Guardian newspaper's website. Listen to BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth Programme to hear Michael Rosen learn about communication from people on the autism spectrum, by…

Buying a car

The Motability Scheme allows disabled people to use the higher rate mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to buy a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. When you join Motability you get more than just the car, scooter or powered wheelchair of your choice, you…

Child Tax Credit

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re: under 16 under 20 and in approved education or training You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. You get money for each child that qualifies and Child…

Children and Families Act 2014

The main requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 are as follows: The age range 0-25 years is covered, ensuring legal protections can continue as young people leave school and move into college/further education and apprenticeships. Education, Health and Social Care services must work…

Children and Young People's Participation

"Children who are capable of forming views have a right to receive and make known information, to express an opinion, and to have that opinion taken in to account to age, maturity and capability of the child." There is a fine balance to be struck…

Children with Complex Needs

When a child has exceptional need for education, health and social care support that cannot be met from resources, assessments or interventions normally available on their education setting, they will need an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Where a child’s health or care needs…

Children's Social Care and SEND

Where a child or young person has been assessed as having social care needs in relation to their SEND, social care teams: Must secure social care provision which has been assessed as being necessary to support a child or young person’s SEND and which is…

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence provides advice and guidance to Service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEN.  Find more information on how the CEAS supports MOD civilian families.…

Choosing Activities

Like everyone else, children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities should have a social life and take part in activities they enjoy. Like everyone else you as a parent will want to know that they will be welcome, safe and supported. Your child…

Congestion Charge

If you hold a valid Blue Badge you're eligible to register for a 100% discount, even if you don't own a vehicle or drive. You can register up to two vehicles that you would normally use to travel within the charging zone. This could be…

Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document

This Continuum of Help and Support Threshold Document provides a framework for professionals who are working with children, young people and families in Islington; it aims to help identify when a child may need additional support to achieve their full potential. It introduces a continuum…