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  1. Vivien Davies

    GPV presents on empowering parents

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    Greenwich Parent Voice presented a short talk on parent empowerment at the RBG Reforms Launch event in Greenwich today. The event was hosted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Headteachers, Sencos and Inclusion leaders as well as reps from Health and the Voluntary Sector groups. It looked at the implementation of the SEN Reforms and considered the positive change that they should bring to our children’s lives. Viv and Jo described the work that GPV does supporting parents in schools. We spoke about the challenges parents of children with special needs face, how they live with confusion, anxiety, exhaustion...
  2. Vivien Davies

    A choice of special school for our children?

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    Parents are being asked to consider new proposals to reduce the entry and admission age to Charlton Park Academy, Greenwich’s Special secondary school currently taking students from Year 7 onwards. The new intake will include children at a younger age, from Year 5 onwards, that have high special educational needs and where the mainstream primary placement is no longer perhaps the best option for a wide range of reasons. It is hoped that this will help provide for a longer term and more managed transition to secondary schools for local children. Mark Dale-Emberton, Headteacher at Charlton Park Academy adds: “We...
  3. Vivien Davies

    ‘Home to School’ transport policy consultation

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    This is your chance to help shape Greenwich’s new policy for Home to School travel assistance. This policy is at Consultation stage which means you, as parents and carers, can contribute your views which must be taken into account. To read the proposal, and submit your views, go to this webpage on the council’s website before 18 July: https://consultations.greenwich.gov.uk/kms/dmart.aspx?LoggingIn=tempVar&noip=1 Do you think the policy is helpful for parents needing transport for their children? Is it easy to understand? Are you clear whether your child could get transport? Greenwich National Autistic Society has these comments and concerns: Some parents have had to battle...
  4. Vivien Davies

    Take 2 minutes to do our short break survey

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    Help us to get the views of as many parents as possible in our super-easy 2 minute survey. We’re asking you about ‘short breaks’ for children with special needs and disabilities. We want to make sure what’s on offer in Greenwich matches what you and your children want. What is a short break? A short break is an enjoyable and fun activity for your child with special needs, which gives you some time off.  It could include day, evening, overnight, weekend and holiday activities. These breaks provide a positive experience for your child and can help to raise their confidence and aspirations. They also give parents and carers valuable free time...
  5. Vivien Davies

    Help PMLD students enjoy an incredible activity holiday

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    GPV Parent Sam Bergin Goncalves is taking part in a fundraising triathalon on Sunday 8 June at Dartford and White Oaks Triathalon Club. She’s hoping to raise enough money by the end of the year to send every young person with PMLD on the post 16 group at Charlton Park Academy to Woodlarks for an amazing activity holiday. The Triathalon is the start of Sam’s fundraising efforts to reach that goal. The Woodlarks campsite is situated in twelve acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, it’s special place which enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy a huge range of activities...
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    Parents’ voices improve mental health services

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    YoungMinds charity has launched a new project to use parent and carer voices to improve mental health services for children and young people. Over the next 12 months, YoungMinds will work with a group of 20 parents and carers to make sure the needs and challenges of their families are accurately understood. They will be using their expertise to inform mental health services about why and how they should involve parents to constantly improve provision for children and young people. This will take the form of: – a small number of facilitated workshops, led by an experienced YoungMinds facilitator. Out-of-pocket...
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    EHCP – Legal errors on thresholds?

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    Last week IPSEA posted a blog entry about the revised draft Code of Practice. IPSEA still has serious concerns about the Code in its current form and you can read the full blog entry here: http://ipsea.blogspot.co.uk/ In particular IPSEA has highlighted what it feels to be serious legal error regarding thresholds: Decision to issue a Plan “There is a serious legal error in the Code’s guidance on what the LA should take into account in making this decision, at 9.53: “the local authority should take into account: whether the special educational provision required to meet the child or young person’s...
  8. Vivien Davies

    Meridian primary school spreads the word

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    We are delighted to see Meridian Primary school has included our new poster image in this week’s newsletter for parents and children – as well as putting our leaflet in every book bag. Greenwich Parent Voice has recently sent supplies of leaflets, large and small posters and an introductory letter to all schools in Greenwich. We really hope other Heads and SENCOs will follow Meridian’s example, and make parents aware of what we can do to give them a voice. We’d love to meet you in person at our GPV school coffee mornings. Invicta Primary School was among the first...
  9. Vivien Davies

    EHCP Independent Champions – a parent writes

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    One parent wrote to us to share their concerns about the Independent Supporter role for the EHCPlan, designed to help parents navigate the new SEN processes. Funded by the Department of Education, more than 1,800 of these experts, to be known as “champions”, will be in place by September 2014. The funding will pay for recruitment and training with the champions to be drawn from the voluntary, community and private sectors. The champions will spend one-to-one time with families and offer “independent help and advice” to help them progress through the new SEN assessments and the EHCP process. A Department...
  10. Vivien Davies

    Support for children without an EHCP?

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    A few months ago we met with Tracey Russell, Assistant Director of Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and key team members across SEN, Children’s Services and Finance to discuss an issue that is on a lot of parents’ minds; what happens if my child doesn’t qualify for an EHC Plan under the new system? Until now, a Statement assessment would be triggered if a child needed more that 20 hours 1:1 support each week. GPV took some of the most frequently asked questions from parents into the meeting. A full account of the conversation is recorded below....

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