New Educational Health Care Plan (EHC plan) forms and processes will be introduced as from 25 February 2019.
Information and new documents you will need to use will be available shortly in the Education, Health and Care needs assessment section below. Please read and familiarize yourself with the new forms and the criteria before starting to complete an EHCplan request.
Any requests submitted prior to 25 February 2019 on the current paperwork will be accepted but after that date only new forms will be accepted.
Jane Cockcroft will be leaving the Early Intervention Team, Specialist Teaching and Psychology service. Her last full day at work will be Tuesday 18th December.
Please see below the advice and information sheet:
News from Nasen
Nasen and ICAN are working together on a DfE-funded project to offer free one-day professional development courses for leaders and managers in private, voluntary and independent Early Years settings.
The one-day course will cover what EY managers in PVIs need to know about SEND and speech, language and communication needs, and help them to support the professional development of their team in their setting.
The course is available in the following local areas: Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Worcester, Stoke, Telford, Northampton, Skegness, Lincoln, Lancaster, Preston, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Hull, York, Durham, and Hartlepool. Book your place now!
Also sign up to find out about the Accredited Early Years SENCO award.
Early Years Inclusion Fund - Change to Criteria
Please look in the SEND funding section of the PVI part of the Portal for information about different funds that are available for children with special educational needs in the early years.
Please note, the criteria for the Early Years Inclusion Fund will change from September 2018 to include all children who attend your setting regardless of their home address.
When requesting funding from the Early Years Inclusion Fund, please remember to
• Use the most recent funding request forms after reading the criteria- found on the Portal
• Complete all sections
• Get advice, training, support or resources agreed by an involved professional external to the setting and include a quote
• Submit your request before the date you need it to start
• Not assume you will receive this funding until you are notified of our decision
For information about STePS training, please see https://sip.derby.gov.uk/steps/upcoming-training/
There is independent online training available. Please look in the Training and Information section of the PVI part of the Portal.
The Initial SENCO training is for settings where no current members of staff have had the Initial SENCO training in the last three years. Priority will be given to new in post SENCO’s in settings where no other members of staff have undertaken the SENCO training and role. It is expected that settings who have a current member of staff who has previously been the SENCO and attended the training will pass information to the new in post SENCO and signpost them to the Portal for further information.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, contact phone number and email address of your new in post SENCO who will need the Initial SENCO training.
The Graduated Response File – message from Eleanor Moore, Specialist Teaching Service Manager
I am writing to you to let you know about a new resource developed by Derby City Council to help you to include and support children with special educational needs and disabilities in your school/ setting. This resource will help you to implement and evidence a graduated response to meeting children’s special educational needs and disabilities (as described in the SEND Code of Practice) in your school/ setting. It will improve transition for children between settings as all Derby City settings will have the same format for storing information about children with SEND.
Following a review of the development of a My Support Plan it was decided that more work needed to be done on supporting schools/ settings with the graduated response before implementing a non-statutory plan such as a My Support Plan (MSP). The resources developed originally for the MSP were reviewed and have been extended and developed further to become the Graduated Response File.
The Graduated Response File is intended to support you when you have concerns about a child’s development and needs. The structure will prompt you to gather information and work through the graduated approach following the four stages of action: assess, plan, do and review, outlined in the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years January 2015. The CoP reminds us that early action to address identified needs is critical to future progress and improved outcomes; in addition schools and settings must work in partnership with parents to establish the support the child needs. The File also provides a framework for the involvement of parents and a focus on person centred planning and reviews.
A link to templates and additional information about the Graduated Response File has been added to the SEND Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years Settings part of the Schools’ Information Portal (SIP)