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Parent Carers Assessment

Parent carers of disabled children under 18 years now have a stand alone right to assessments and services under the Children and Families Act 2014. This is called a parent carers needs assessment. This assessment can be combined with one for a disabled child and…

Part-time jobs at age 13-16

You can have a part-time paid or unpaid job as long as the type of work you do is suitable for a young person ... ... will not interfere with your education and will not harm you. Your employer has to apply and receive a work permit for…

Part-time Students

There is financial help for part-time students Part-time students are entitled to a loan to pay their tuition fees providing they are studying for 25% of their time depending on the 'course intensity'. ‘Course intensity’ measures how much of your course you complete each year compared to…

Pay rates and payslips

The National Minimum Wage rates are reviewed every April National Minimum Wage of £4.55 if you are aged 16 or 17 and in a job or £4.15 if you are an apprentice come in on 1 April.  Does your employer give you a payslip? Check out…

Pay, the National Minimum Wage, tax and national insurance

Employers must pay you at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) if you have reached the official school leaving date The rates are updated every April.  In April 2021 they are: Apprentices under 19 - £4.30 an hour Age 16-17 - £4.62 an hour Age 18-20 -…

Paying for childcare

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides information and advice about paying for childcare. You can phone the FIS on 020 7527 5959, or email Childcare Choices, provides a helpful summary of paying for childcare options, including Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare. Find out if you…

Payslips

Most employees have a right to receive a payslip or pay statement at, or before the time of payment Your payslip will include: the name of the company you work for your name your pay reference number payment date – when the money will be…

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…

Personal Budgets Explained

The aim of Personal Budgets is to increase an individual’s independence and choice by giving them control over the way services they receive are delivered. A Personal Budget is a sum of money that a family can use to spend in a way that they…

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability. You could get between £22.65 and £145.35 a week if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age. The…

Pharmacies in Islington

Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice about over-the-counter medicines that can help with lots of common conditions, and there’s no need for an appointment. Just visit your local pharmacist. To find your nearest pharmacist visit NHS Choices, or call 0300 311 22 33.…

Planning your future

Below are some of the most useful career websites These sites are about jobs and how to get into them: National Careers Service - free database of job profiles from the National Careers Service. Go to ‘Careers Advice’ and then ‘Job Profiles’. Or download the…

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement Academic Year 2020 - 2021

The home to school travel assistance policy statement explains what travel assistance is on offer to help get students aged 16+, who live in Islington to access appropriate education or training provision. This policy is for people young people in Post 16 Education and Training. Please…

Preparing for adulthood EHC Plan reviews

All EHC Reviews taking place from Year 9 and onwards must include a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society. This transition planning must be built into the EHC plan and where relevant should include effective planning for young…

Prevalence of SEND in Islington schools

According to the Summer Term 2017 School Census, there were 4,618 children in Islington schools with a SEND (18.5% of all Islington pupils). 3.6% of children in Islington schools had an Education, Health and Care Plan. Both figures are higher than national, London and statistical…

Privacy Policy

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Problems in school

Check out ... ... your rights to education and what to do for example, if you: are excluded from school are from another country cannot get in to the school you want. You can also contact the Child Law Advice Line (freephone) on 0300 330 5485…

Provision Mapping

What is a provision map? A provision map is a management tool providing an 'at a glance' way of documenting and showing the range of interventions, additional staffing and support that a school makes available Provision maps enable schools to look strategically at the needs…

Public Transport

All children and young people who are under the age of 16 are able to get free or discounted travel at any time on public transport. Children aged over 10 require a Zip Oyster photocard to continue to get free travel. Children aged over 16…

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium? The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and young people (i.e. those eligible for free school meals nationally). The national allocation to schools is £2.4 billion in 2017/18 (£15 million to Islington).…

Qualifications

Check out what qualifications you can study full-time or part-time. You will have to study English and maths to Level 2, which is equal to GCSE grade 5/4 (or grade C) if you haven't got them yet. Whatever level you choose you can move up…

Quality Assurance

The Council ensures effective quality assurance (QA) of provision for children with SEND before and during the delivery of provision. The Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on LAs to improve the quality of provision for children with SEND. The Code of Practice says…

Receiving a diagnosis

All children are individual and will develop at different rates. However, to get a general idea ‘milestones’ are used to help track your child’s development and to give an indication as to whether they are progressing at a ‘typical’ rate. As a general rule, if…

Registering a Birth

Legally you need to register a birth within 42 days at the Register Office in the area where the baby was born. Find out what you need to do to register your baby's birth in Islington.

Relationships and safer sex

Sex and relationships can be complicated Not finding it easy to get along with people, including your family? You can contact: Pulse offers a range of sexual health advice and other services to support young people. Lift and Platform hold regular Pulse clinics, works closely with Brook…

Renting a home

There are two ways to rent your home; Renting from the Council or a housing association Renting from a private landlord

Renting from a private landlord

When you pay rent to a private landlord to live in a home they own. A private landlord is a person or a company who owns a house that is independent of a council or a housing association. Only a small number of council or…

Reporting online abuse

If someone has said things to you on your phone, a website or chatroom you don’t like ... ... you should tell someone you trust If you can’t think of anyone, you can look at the Related services and External links section for further information.

Resident Support Scheme

Support for residents in financial crisis. See full details on Islington Council's website.

Review of Education, Health and Care Plans

Schools and settings are required to meet with parents at least three times a year when their child is receiving SEND support and are responsible for setting up these meetings.

Rights and responsibilities

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be protected from harm You should also respect the rights of others. The UK has additional laws that protect your rights, such as: equality laws to protect you from discrimination laws that protect you at work rights when…

Rights and responsibilities at work

There are laws to protect you in work These cover: minimum pay rates and payslips working hours and holidays contracts of employment health and safety equality and equal treatment.  In return, you have responsibilities. You should: be on time be prepared to work hard –…

Road and transport safety

Bikes and cars are great for getting about but they can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them properly. Make sure you get proper training and you think about cycling or driving safely.

Role and Responsibilities of all Teachers

The Council recognises has an expectation of participation, fulfilment and success for all our children. Planning for progression and differentiation are fundamental to successful teaching and learning. High expectations of progress must apply to all children working above, at, or below age-related expectations, including those who have SEND.…

The Role of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

All mainstream schools must ensure they have a qualified teacher designated as SEN Coordinator (SENCo). Where they have not been a SENCo at that, or any other school for more than 12 months, they must achieve a National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination within…

The Role of Governors

Duties of Governing Bodies for SEN Governing Bodies have statutory responsibilities for pupils with SEND – they are set out in primary and secondary legislation The governing body must do its best to ensure that the school makes the necessary provision for every pupil with SEND…

The Role Teaching Assistants (TAs)

'Deployment and Impact of Support Staff' by the Institute of Education (2009) reported on a five year study of 8,200 children.  The study found that children who received the most support from TAs consistently made less progress than similar children who received less TA support.  'There has been…

Safe Havens

Safe havens are a practical way of helping everyone in Islington, including young people, to enjoy their community knowing that support is easily available if they need help. Public premises such as shops, cafes, pubs, libraries and other places of interest can register to be officially…

Safeguarding and SEND

Children with SEND are 3.4 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children 3.8 times more likely to be neglected 3.8 times more likely to be physically abused 3.1 times more likely to be sexually abused 3.9 times more likely to be emotionally abused.…

Safer school policing

What is Safer School Policing? Currently a named police officer is provided for the 12 secondary schools in the borough and one police officer is provided for colleges, in addition there are four police officers for universities and four dedicated police officers covering 46 primary schools.This arrangement has…

School Attendance and SEND

Despite progress in recent years, both primary and secondary phases in Islington currently perform poorly in terms of school attendance in comparison with statistical neighbours. Children with SEND have higher patterns of non‐attendance; our aim is at least 96% attendance for all children. In 2016‐17,…

School SEND Information Report

The SEN Code of Practice says that Governing Bodies must publish information on their websites about the implementation of their SEND policy. The information published must be updated annually, with any in-year changes updated as soon as possible.

Schools in Islington

Find out about ... ... the 10 secondary schools in Islington and how to apply on the Islington Council website,. See also information on post 16 learning. Alternatively, check out the London-based University Technical Colleges UTCs for students aged 14 to 19.

Secondary Transfer for Children with SEND

The aim of this information is to help parents of children with Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans who are coming up to secondary transfer. This is because secondary transfer arrangements work in a slightly different way for your child.

SEN Governance in Islington

The process of governance (or making policies and monitoring how effective they are) takes place at various levels across the Council. The SEN Governance Map provides details of all the Boards and groups which all contribute to the governance of SEN provision for children and young people…

SEN Support in Islington - Behaviour Handbook

The Behaviour Handbook for Islington schools outlines approaches and interventions which encourage and allow inclusion and reduce the risk of exclusion. Within the universal offer, which underpins the layers of support and intervention, is an understanding and ethos which supports the ideals of inclusion. It…

SENCos in Early Years Provision

Nursery schools that are maintained by the local authority must ensure that they have a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who is a qualified teacher.  The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework requires other Early Years providers to have arrangements in place for meeting children’s SEN. …

SEND Co-production Group

A SEND Coproduction Group, co-chaired by the Parent and Carer Engagementmanager for Centre 404 and the Head of Pupil Services for Islington Council, meet six times a year to support the strategic development of person-centred services for children with SEND in Islington. Half of the…