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SENCO Support

This area is to support all Stockton based Special Educational Needs Coordinators. The SENCO area within the 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.

Any documentation associated with each drop down area is linked within. 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.

 

NEW: The Role of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENCO)-New SENCO programme 2018-2019

 

Provision Guidance

Special Education Needs [SEN] Categories & Primary Needs 

The following documents outline the four areas of need as represented in the Code of Practice 2014.

Provision Guidance with SEN Support for Primary & Secondary  / Audit Banding  

Use of Stockton Provision Guidance

It is always useful to look at Special Educational Needs as a continuum. From mild to moderate to severe and complex special educational needs will all require differing levels of intervention and support to enable a child or young person to succeed and achieve the desired outcome/s. The Stockton provision guidance documents are used to guide professionals to IDENTIFY needs, ASSESS and MEET those needs and evidence the intervention required to support  children at each stage of the Code of Practice.  It allows us to evidence where on that continuum of need an individual is by taking into account their strengths and areas of difficulty.

Provision Guidance for Early Years 0 - 5 / Audit Banding 

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

 

 

Advice for Schools - 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

Advice and Protocols for Schools involved in the Annual Review Process

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.

SEND Reforms

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.

SEN Code of Practice 0-25 / A Guide to the Special Consideration Process

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.

SEN Review Information

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.

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.

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.

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.

Local Area Inspection Framework

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.

One Point Information

Person Centered Planning

School Local Offer SEN Information Report

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. 

Top Tips - Disability Factsheets

A range of factsheets can be found here for those supporting children and young people with SEND and are available as "Top Tips" for you to download and view.

 

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