Young SEND Commissioner Training

Essex County Council has to ensure that children and young people have a voice in the services they receive and starting in September 2017, your voice will be at the heart of these services. 

If you live in South Essex, in the areas covering Castlepoint, Rochford, Billericay, Wickford, Basildon and Brentwood and aged between 13-19 years for care leavers and up to 25 for those with additional needs, this is your chance to get involved and influence the services available to young people. 

What to you need to do as a SEND Young Commissioner?

Supporting pupils after yesterday's terrorist attack - primary & secondary guidance

In light of last night’s tragic events in Manchester, the PSHE Association have highlighted their guidance to help teachers and support staff respond to pupils, who may want to discuss what has happened and could be experiencing a wide range of emotions.

Though they advise following a planned programme, in instances like this PSHE or Citizenship lessons can provide the space and opportunity for discussions that provide timely support for pupils at a difficult and sensitive time, the following guidance has been created; 

Autism Hubs – sharing the expertise of special schools around Autism

Autism Hubs, based in Special Schools across Essex have been commissioned by the local authority to share expertise about autism through outreach support to primary and secondary schools and academies in each Essex “quadrant”.

The Autism Hubs are based at Oakview Special School, Market Field Special School, Castledon Special School and Thriftwood Special School and College, who are part of the wider Essex Special School Education Trust (ESSET). They have a wide range of expertise around meeting the needs of young people with autism and social communication difficulties.

Consultation & Engagement Opportunities for Developing New Play Space at Walton on The Naze

Jupiter Play & Leisure Ltd are a leading family run business delivering unique and innovative play spaces across the UK for nearly twenty years.

They are particularly engaged with creating inclusive play spaces and work in close collaboration with Inclusive Play Ltd, who are one of the only outdoor play companies in Europe solely focused on understanding disability, special needs and inclusion in the built environment.

EHCP Questionnaire (POET)

Children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners who have experience of the EHC assessment and planning process and EHC Plans are encouraged to take part to give their views and share their experiences. The results from this will be used to help improve what happens locally and will also be used on a national level to influence the implementation of the reforms.

Views Sought Ahead of Review into Residential Special Education

Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families Edward Timpson has asked Dame Christine Lenehan to conduct an independent review looking at the outcomes and experiences of children and young people attending residential special schools and colleges.

The review is designed to find practical outcomes for the government and other agencies who work with this group of young people, who often have the most complex needs and require more intensive support.

Reprezent-ing young people in Essex

London’s premier youth led radio station – Reprezent – has launched in Essex with a year-long broadcast training scheme for 13 – 24 year olds.

The 10 commissioning partners in the county (all seven CCGs and three local authorities) who jointly commission the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service for children and young people, have supported the roll-out of Reprezent Essex and we’re really excited about the opportunities it offers young people.

Free school applications for new SEN provision in Essex

Essex County Council is supporting the development of a free school application for a new special school in West Essex.

Hornbeam Academy Trust proposes to open a new 60 place day and residential special school for students aged 7-19 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) in Harlow, Essex. Hornbeam Academy Trust currently operates three special schools: William Morris Academy in Waltham Forest and Dycorts and Ravensbourne Schools in Havering, as well as Waltham Forest's Home and Hospital Teaching Service.

‘Try a bus’ days – the ticket to independence: SEND pupils' first stop on the road to travelling independently…

Essex County Council’s Travel Training team works with young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to help them pave their way to a more independent life.

‘Try a bus’ days