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  1. Vivien Davies

    Letter to parents from the DofE

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    The Department for Education have today released letters to Local Authorities, health partners, parent carers, colleges and schools about the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms. Click on the link below to read the letter to parents and carers from Edward Timpson, Minister for Children. SEND_reforms_-_letter_for_parents What do you think? Comment below or email us in confidence.
  2. Vivien Davies

    April Update on SEN Reforms

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    The Children and Families Bill has successfully completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and on Thursday 13th March it received Royal Assent, becoming the Children and Families Act. Recent changes to the Act There were a number of significant changes to the Act during the final stages in the House of Lords: – Young people in custody included The Government brought forward a number of amendments to include young people in custodywithin the scope of the Act. Previously young people in custody were not covered by the SEN legislation. These amendments require local authorities to maintain Education, Health...
  3. Vivien Davies

    Help educate health professionals working with disability

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    Have you ever felt a disconnect between yourself and the health professionals working with your family? Do you wish they were a little more enlightened on the subject of disability? A new e-learning portal is being designed by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health on the topic of children and young people with disabilities. The aim is to create a learning resource that encourages health professionals to adopt positive attitudes and enabling behaviours when engaging with the children who access their services. Consulting agency Triangle is gathering opinions to help shape the design and function of the e-portal....
  4. Vivien Davies

    GPV reaches out to parents who speak other languages

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    We are working with London-based charity English for Action to provide course materials for sessions on special educational needs. EFA London provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for migrant communities across London. Their aim is to reach people who may be excluded from mainstream ESOL courses. EFA believes that ESOL classes, with the correct focus, can enable migrants to access the social, economic and political benefits that would be out of reach without language training and support. Greenwich Parent Voice has provided material for some EFA London group work in Greenwich on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th...
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    Futureversity Consultation

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    Futureversity, a local youth organisation based in East London is meeting with GPV this week to get parent views on how best to run their summer programme. This group runs free courses for young people age 11-25 during the school holidays in Greenwich. The team at Futureversity are keen to ensure that their courses are accessible to everyone. GPV have invited representatives from FLAG (Families Living with Autism Group), Greenwich National Autistic Society and Greenwich Mencap to join this meeting. Together we will be sharing participant feedback from previous courses, and from across the entire spectrum of short breaks in...
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    Can vote, should vote!

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    Young people with special needs, along with their peers in Greenwich are being targeted in a campaign to get them using their vote. This campaign is aimed at people aged 16-24 and is backed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It aims to bring home the range of issues that parliaments and local councils can decide on; with citizens having no say over these issues unless they register to vote. With the passing of the Children and Families Bill, with reforms and huge structural changes due to become law in September; now more than ever young people with special needs...
  7. Vivien Davies

    ‘We Listen’ is a new support group for ethnic minority families

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    A brand new support group called ‘We Listen’ has been launched for families from an ethnic minority group who may have a child with social and communication difficulties or ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). The group meets on the third Friday of every month at Waterways Children’s Centre on Southwood Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 8EZ from 10am -12 noon. The first meeting date will be on the 21 March. Here’s what group leader Anne has to say about staying positive and joining in: “Who do I turn to? It seems like I am at a crossroads. Am I alone or why...
  8. Vivien Davies

    Update on Pathfinder progress in Greenwich

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    Click here to view an update on the progress of the Pathfinder project in Greenwich. This newsletter gives you the story so far on how Greenwich is testing the new system in schools for children with special needs. Greenwich Parent Voice has been an active partner in this project, putting parent views at the heart of the process. SEND Pathfinder Spring Bulletin What is the Pathfinder? In March 2011, the Government published its consultation Green Paper (a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to provoke discussion) on special educational needs and disability. The purpose of this...
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    Earn fifty pounds and share your story

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    Banish the January blues and treat yourself with a £50 voucher for Amazon or Marks and Spencer. Just tell us how Greenwich Parent Voice has worked for you, and help us tell our story in a short film. You might have enjoyed sharing your views on the web or at our coffee mornings. Did you feel empowered by our recent SEN Reforms information event? Maybe you just feel good about being part of something larger, a group of parents like you who understand and know what it’s like to be a carer of a child with a disability. We want...
  10. Vivien Davies

    What about children without an EHC Plan in Greenwich?

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    What support will be available for children who don’t qualify for an Education Health and Care Plan? Greenwich Parent Voice will be meeting to discuss this with senior managers in Children’s Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich on January 10th. Parents are concerned; will the system be different for them after September and will the new outcomes-led process apply to their child? Will there be enough money to deliver the support in schools that their child needs and who will be accountable for this? We will find out in detail where the reforms will leave children who may need...

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