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SEND Partnership Service
The SEND Partnership Service provides Special Educational Needs (SEND) Impartial Information, Advice and Support Service for Bath & North East Somerset
The SEND Partnership Service (SPS) provides free confidential and impartial information, advice and support about matters relating to special educational need or disability, including health and social care. This advice can be provided to children and young people from 0 -25 with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) aswell as their parents/carers. The child or young person does not need to have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan for you to use the service. Our aim is to empower you by providing you with information, advice and support on national and local policies which will help inform your decisions.

We provide impartial information, advice and support by telephone, email, web pages and face to face meetings and can signpost to other relevant resources, including those that are specifically designed for children and young people.

SPS is a Statutory Service provided in-house at Bath & North East Somerset Council and operates at “arms-length” from the Local Authority. This Service is available to children, young people aged 0 – 25 years and their parents/carers who live in Bath & North East Somerset.

We also offer impartial and confidential support to all parents/carers of children and young people who have either been excluded from school either temporarily or permanently. This support is available whether or not the child or young person has SEND.

We offer:
  • Access to information and advice to help parents/carers make informed decisions about their child or young person’s, (from 0 - 25 years), Special Educational Needs or Disability
  • Access to information and advice to help children and young people with SEND make informed decisions about their own education and transition to adult life.
  • Support by telephone, email or face to face:
  • To understand, and contribute to, SEND processes and procedures in line with the Children’s and Families Act 2014 up to and including assessment for Education, Health and Care plans
  • To understand, and contribute to, SEND processes and procedures for children and young people with Statements of SEN or Learning Disability Assessments who have not yet had a transfer review
  • When any child has been excluded from school
  • Help with preparation for SEND related meetings, including attendance at meetings
  • Help with preparation for, and support at, SEND and Exclusion appeal hearings
  • Signposting to useful information advice, legal and advocacy services including services which support children and young people (up to the age of 25) with SEND
  • An opportunity, by joining Parents Forum, to inform Local Authority SEND policy and practice

Key principles

Children, young people and parents/carers of children with SEND should feel they are treated as equal partners, able and empowered to:
  • Play an active and valued role in their own, or their children’s, education.
  • Have difficulties identified early with appropriate intervention to tackle them.
  • Have a real say in the way in which they or their children are educated.
  • Have knowledge of what they can expect for themselves or their children.
  • Be involved in decisions relating to educational provision for themselves or for their children

SPS contact details:

  • Helpline 01225 394382 available Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 3.00pm, term time only. There is an answerphone outside of these hours.

  • Email: send_partnershipservice@bathnes.gov.uk

  • Text: 07530 263 401
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Crowded Places guidance for Educational Establishments
18 Apr
We have been forwarded the following links from the South West Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit. They will be of interest to schools reviewing their emergency procedures. Crowded Places guidance for Educational Establishments www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-educational-professionals Guidance for dealing with bomb threats available on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/government/publications/bomb-threats-guidance
STA Assessment Update: 17th April 2018
17 Apr
Key stage 1 Information: delivery of key stage 1 test materials this week We're delivering key stage 1 (KS1) English reading and mathematics test materials to schools this week, as well as modified test orders. You must not open KS1 test materials until Tuesday 1 May. They must be kept secure until Friday 1 June. As the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test remains optional in 2018 (and for future years), we will not send schools hard-copy standard versions. If you haven't received your test materials by Friday 20 April, or if they arrive unsealed or damaged, please contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013. Schools will be able to download additional KS1 test materials from Tuesday 1 May from the 'Test materials' section of NCA tools. This includes the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test and modified large print versions, but excludes braille versions. Schools requiring additional braille materials should contact the modified test agency on 0300 303 3019. Headteachers should read our guidance about checking their delivery and keeping materials secure. It also includes guidance for schools being used as polling stations in local elections on Thursday 3 May. Key stage 2 Action: be aware of changes to the order of the tests In autumn last year, we announced that the key stage 2 (KS2) English reading test would be administered on Tuesday of test week, not Monday as in previous years. This was in response to views expressed about the order of the tests from headteachers and teachers during the 2017 primary assessment consultation. Please ensure that all school staff involved in the administration of the KS2 tests are aware of this change to avoid test packs being opened incorrectly, which can lead to investigations of maladministration. See the 2018 KS2 test dates below. Monday 14 May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1 & spelling Paper 2: questions Tuesday 15 May: English reading English reading Wednesday 16 May: Mathematics Paper 1 & arithmetic Paper 2: reasoning Thursday 17 May: Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning Information: notification of schools selected for science sampling tests We will notify schools selected to participate in the 2018 science sampling tests, by email, on Monday 23 April. As in previous years, a representative sample of pupils will take part, drawn from the national population of pupils at the end of KS2. Selected schools have a statutory responsibility to participate. The tests will be administered in the selected schools between Monday 4 June and Friday 15 June. They provide a picture of national performance at the end of the KS2 programme of study for science. Visit the KS2 science sampling guidance page on GOV.UK for more information. Reminder: deadline approaching to complete additional time applications Please remember to submit any applications for additional time in the 'Access arrangements' section of NCA tools, by the deadline, Monday 23 April. You should read the application questions in section 3 of the KS2 access arrangements guidance before starting an application. We've also produced a short video demonstrating how to apply. Applications should be made by a teacher who has a good knowledge of the relevant pupil's needs and abilities. Applications can't be amended or deleted after submission. Primary assessment Information: reception baseline assessment and updated accountability arrangements announced In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020. On Wednesday 11 April, we announced that our preferred supplier to design and deliver the reception baseline assessment would be the National Foundation for Educational Research. We published guidance for schools about what the assessment will cover, the development process and how we will measure progress. We also published revised accountability arrangements for infant, first, middle and junior schools. Information: pupils' participation in the tests Headteachers have a statutory duty to ensure that all pupils in their school who are eligible and can sit the tests do so. Headteachers make the final decision about whether it is appropriate for a pupil to take the tests. In all instances, their decision regarding participation is final. Information: 'Ramadan: Exams and Tests, 2018' published by ASCL This year, Ramadan is due to begin on the evening of Tuesday 15 May. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has produced an information paper Ramadan: Exams and Tests, 2018. Schools may find the paper useful to inform discussions with pupils and parents about how they will observe Ramadan.
Early Years Matters News Round Up 9th April 2018
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Early Years Matters News Round Up 9th April 2018
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19 Apr
EYFS - Risk and Challenge in Early Years environments: What's it like for a child here?
Thursday 19th April 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Radstock Children Centre Nursery Please bring: -Camera -A Loose part that offers challenge -Suitable outdoor footwear and clothing -Your own mug for a hot drink
24 Apr
EYFS - QUEST Launch for Childminders
Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 7pm - 8pm - Southdown Methodist Hall, Southdown, Bath - (WESLEY ROOM) Quest is a self-evaluation framework that offers flexibility to meet the needs of your individual setting. Are you looking for a self-evaluation tool that is linked to Ofsted’s Inspection Framework? Do you want a flexible approach to self-evaluation? Would you like the opportunity for reflective dialogue with an Early Years Mentor? If you answered yes to any of these questions QUEST is for you! This session will provide you with an introduction to how this new tool can support you to further develop your practice and includes a copy of the Framework.
24 Apr
Pupil Premium
This session covers; • the definition of “disadvantaged pupils” and the funding that they attract • statutory responsibilities and role of the governing board in relation to the Pupil Premium funding • how the government reports on the performance of disadvantaged pupils and the expectations on schools for reporting • what data is available and how this can be used by governors to ask effective and strategic questions on the impact of pupil premium spending • what a school can do to ensure it is using the funding effectively and what role governors can play