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Local SENCO Information

This area is to support all Stockton based Special Educational Needs Coordinators. The SENCO area within with Local Offer includes many useful, local, national and legislative documents that can be downloaded for current and future use. The SENCO documents will be updated on a regular basis by the SEN & Engagement Service, based at Queensway House, Billingham.

SENCO Training Oppourtunity: Teeswide CAMHS Multi-Agency Training

January - June 2018

To access the CAMHS training schedule and the booking form, check the downloadable documents, under the download section to the left of this page. 

Many of the documents described in the following short statements for individual documentation. The documents can be opened by clicking on the blue underlined areas. Several are password protected and are not for release beyond the borough.

Please contact Dawn Barron – Information and Engagement Officer SEN & Engagement Service on 527217, for the necessary access password.

Support and Guidance Documents:

Special Education Needs [SEN] Categories & Primary Needs outlines the four areas of need as represented in the Code of Practice 2014.

Provision Guidance/ Audit Banding/ Four Areas of Need

The provision guidance will support professionals who are applying for any of the several funding streams accessible.

The guidance gives a clear outline for the professional to form a baseline and divides type and level of SEN need.

For Provision Guidance for Early Years 0-5 go to the bottom of this page.

Enhanced mainstream school guidance currently under construction.

Advice and Protocols for Schools involved in the Annual Review Process

The advice document explains the annual review, interim reviews, secondary transfers, phased reviews and the review / transfer processes and procedures. The protocols that are based around the collection and methods of documentation collation.

The arrangements of the meeting, the various reports, relevant form descriptors and flow charts to support the school in managing the review processes

What You Need to Know about SEN and Disabilities Reforms

A guide book, produced by Children Education and Social Care to support parents, carers and professionals navigate their way through the legal systems involved with SEN and Disabilities. The booklet gives clear and easy to read guidance around, the Local Offer, available services providing information advice and support, The Children and Families Act 2014, The Code of Practice, reforms, EHC assessment including timelines, person centred planning, personal budgets, disagreement resolution and the disability register.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 0-25 Years (January 2015)  

The code of practice is enshrined in legislation and is the supporting documentation used by those working within the SEND environment. The statutory guidance is for any organisation which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

A Guide to the Special Consideration Process

A guide from The Joint Council for Qualifications which sets out the legally bound scope of special considerations. The guidance is for SENCO’s, Specialist Assessors and Senior Leaders within schools and colleges. This document is updated on an annual basis.

Adjustments for Candidates

A guide from The Joint Council for Qualifications which sets out the legally bound scope of special considerations. The guidance is for SENCO’s, Specialist Assessors and Senior Leaders within schools and colleges. This document is updated on an annual basis.

Information Report – School Local Offer for SEN

A template power point presentation that supports schools. The template can be interpreted by the school and expended to set out their school’s core offer, to support SEND.

The presentation slides can be used as a framework to help the school clearly model and define their interventions and provide evidence of what they can offer a child or young person with special education needs and or a disability. 

SEN Support Review Meeting

This document includes guidance notes for schools prior to the SEN support review meeting that is considering possible referral for EHC assessment.

The document provides an aid memoir and it also notes that the meetings should be conducted with a person centred planning approach and should include all agencies currently involved with the child / young person.

Framework for the Inspection of Local Areas

The CQC and Ofsted framework for the inspection of local area’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Under section 20 of the Children Act 2004

The framework sets out the purpose for local area inspections and explains the roles Local Authorities, Health Partners and other agencies contributions to the process

Legislative basis for the inspection and how areas are selected.

A focus on reporting procedures and the expected conduct of the inspection team along with the expectations of the local areas are outlined throughout the framework.

Handbook for the Inspection of Local Areas

The CQC and Ofsted handbook for the inspection of local area’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Under section 20 of the Children Act 2004

The handbook explains in detail how local area will be inspected and how the local area can self-evaluate using the evaluation schedule details throughout the handbook.

Transfer Review

The guidance informs how the Local Authority manages its duty to transfer Statements of SEN to EHC plans. The process in brief is discussed and also working practice with schools, children and young people, including TAF and CIN meetings.

Application forms:

Parent, Carer, Young Person Application for Education Health and Care [EHC] Assessment

The reference code for this application form is EHC 1. This is the form to be used by either the parent, carer or young person over the age of 16 applying for an EHC assessment. The request to carry out an EHC form is explained throughout this form.

Request advice including schools :Contribution to an Education, Health and Care Assessment The reference code for this application form is EHC 7 and can be downloaded from the download area on the left hand side of this page.

Parent Consent

The reference code for this form is EHC 2. This form is to enable the SEN team to request further information, from any professional involved with their child/young person.

Early Years Practitioners Application for EHC Assessment

The reference code for this form is EHC 3a. This form is to enable Early Years Practioners to requesting an EHC Assessment.

Primary Education Application for EHC Assessment

The reference code for this application form is EHC 3b. This is the form to be used by any primary school requesting an EHC assessment is carried out.

Secondary Education Application for EHC Assessment

The reference code for this application form is EHC 3c. This is the form to be used by any secondary school requesting an EHC assessment is carried out.

Post 16 Education Application for EHC Assessment

The reference code for this application form is EHC 3d. This is the form to be used by any post 16 provision (colleges) requesting an EHC assessment.

Child / Young Persons Views for a Review of an EHC Plan

The reference code for this form is EHCR CV. This form is used to capture the views of the child / young person’s when their EHC Plan is to be reviewed. This form should be returned to the relevant school.

Parental Advice for Review of an EHC Plan

The reference code for this form is EHCR PV. This form is issued to the parent to request any supporting information prior to the review of the EHC plan. This form gives the parent the opportunity to provide information about their child/YP.

One Point Application (Word 2010)

One Point Application - (PDF) - If you need to complete the One Point form by hand, this version can be printed, completed, scanned and emailed to: sensection@stockton.gov.uk

The One Point application form is for early years providers and schools who are applying for funding for additional help to support a SEN child/young person.

If you are applying for SEN High Needs Funding via One Point please read the Guidance for Professionals.

Emergency Assessment Places

A school guidance document for the assessment of an emergency place.

Annual Review Form 2016

The document is currently used by Local Authority SEN Officers, School Heads and any other professional involved with the child / young person and is completed two weeks prior to the annual review scheduled date. The review form also includes information for any future plans.

The review form collects important information relevant to the individual child / young person’s education, health and care circumstances.

Transfer Review Form

The reference code for this application form is TR 1. This form can be used as an information gathering tool, for the basis of the EHC plan.

Autism Education Trust

The AET website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism.

Provision Guidance for Early Years 0 - 5/ Audit Banding/ Four Areas of Need

Please note that the guidance documents and application form below are for Early Years 0 - 5 only.

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