In the context of funding from education, a personal budget may be available where the support
provided by the school or other educational setting is insufficient to meet the student’s support
needs. The setting itself might decide to use additional resources, such as the money from ‘pupil
premium’, if the young learner is eligible to receive it.
Social stories are invaluable for SEND learners who thrive on routine where a change is unavoidable, imminent or necessary.
For example, a fire drill, although rehearsed and practised, is still an abnormal occurrence and will usually cause high anxiety. A social story was created for SEND learners with high anxiety levels within our school to ensure that fire drills could be managed safely, calmly and without causing unnecessary distress.
This document provides a detailed framework for good practice in the provision of SEND Information, Advice and Support Services.
The document can be used by local authorities, IAS Services, other local support services, children, young people and parents/carers in order to clarify expectations and to determine whether local IAS Services meet good practice or not.
Elklan's evidence-based Speech and Language Support for 0-3s is our highly successful externally accredited training course which equips staff to develop these key communication skills in children proved to ensure later success in school. This is the only accredited training in speech, language and communication that is aimed specifically at those working with babies and very young children.
On our school website we have our ‘Local Offer’ for parents to access and read. I was very aware for some of our parents there was far too much information on this document. I have created a parents leaflet that summarises our local offer and makes it more accessible to all parents. This was shared at the most recent Coffee Morning and encouraged parents to look on our website if they wanted to look at the more in-depth version.
We use a whole class assessment to identify needs. This provides a holistic framework; created and put on our assessment tool (Classroom monitor), for children who show limited progress; highlighted via monitoring systems, to address reasons why.
Historically IASS (formerly Parent Partnership Services) have always used a variety of methods to seek feedback from service users.
Following a period of consultation the IASS Network developed a set of 6 core questions that all IASS were then asked to incorporate into their service user feedback questionnaires.
An initial Pilot phase saw 12 IAS Services gather feedback data from nearly 850 parents who had accessed their support.
This Our Family, My Life is an Early Support resource is a set of information templates, developed and owned by the young person and/or family. It brings together all relevant information about a child's, young person's and family's strengths and support needs, as well as their priorities and their aspirations for the future. It includes a single support plan format to use to support a single assessment and planning process.
Every term our TAs fill in a form that we send to parents giving feedback about how their child has used support in class. TAs are given training and time to complete this. As SENCO I do proof read every one of them. Parents feel that it helps them to understand how their child is responding to support, and feedback is always positive.