Last week, we asked our member forums two key questions about the attendance of children and young people with SEND. We were able to use the results to share your views at the Department for Education’s Vulnerable Children’s Covid 19 Board and to the Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi who attended the first 20 minutes of the session.
NNPCF co-chairs Mrunal Sisodia and Tina Emery attend the DfE Vulnerable Children’s Covid 19 Board. The meeting considers the impact of Covid on vulnerable children and young people and how the government can support recovery. The board looks at different aspects of the impact of covid including attendance, educational attainment, mental health and safeguarding. Children and young people with SEND are regularly considered by the board and SEND remains high on the agenda.
At the board meeting last week, there was a particular focus on attendance. To prepare for this meeting, Mrunal and Tina asked forums two key questions about the attendance of children and young people with SEND through a flash survey of parent carer forums.
The results re-iterated the key messages that we have been hearing from member forums about the experiences of CYP with SEND this term. They describe families living with anxiety and mental health issues and often poor and inadequate support from services meaning that the needs of many children are not being met in settings.
The survey also gave some pointers about what needs to be done differently to change this. These included:
- More reasonable adjustments
- A more holistic focus on pupil well being
- Better support for anxiety and
- Improved coproduction with CYP and families
You see some of the representations we have made at this and other Covid 19 board on our website. Covid isn’t over for SEND families – the NNPCF’s continuing work on the pandemic – National Network of Parent Carer Forums C.I.C