After the exhausting pace of 2020, it’s hard to fathom that 2021 has been even more strenuous for so many of our SEND families and forums. Covid recovery, and new variants, has often felt like a never-ending series of challenges, in which it is easy to forget what you have achieved.
As forums, we are constantly striving for the next improvement, the next service to engage with, meaning we rarely get time to reflect and celebrate the work that has been undertaken.
The impact that forums have had and our ability to continually raise profile of our work, nationally, regionally, and locally, is becoming ever more evident. No more so than the Ministerial Keynote speeches at our NNPCF/Contact Conference this year.
Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education said.
“Parent carer forums play such an important role. As the parent carer forums and through the NNPCF you bring the voice of parents to the table at all levels of Government and you make a real difference. You deserve your place around that table and you will always be welcome”
This year has been filled with ever changing national policies, school guidance, vaccine advice, and ensuring that the voice of our members has been heard in every area of our work.
We have engaged with many major pieces of work, some of these include:
- The SEND Review – where the Co-Chairs are now part of the Steering Committee.
- School Attendance and the impact on SEND.
- Covid recovery.
- Involvement with NNPCF Long Term Plan.
- Autism in Schools Projects.
- The Social Care Review.
- Ofsted and accountability in the SEND System.
- ECHPs, Annual Reviews, Transitions, Preparing for Adulthood.
The NNCPF has also finalised becoming a CIC, the management team have welcomed Jacqui Watt as the new Participation Lead, and the Steering Group Members have welcomed Richard Jaramba for the East Midlands and Jayne Fitzgerald for Yorkshire & Humber region. Our thanks go to Lara Roberts, Anna Norris and Julie Bruce for all their work and dedication to their roles, and we wish them the very best on their new adventures.
As ever, we rely upon your knowledge, experience, and wisdom, as we continue our work into the new year. Along with enormous gratitude for all your efforts this year and every year. We wish you all a very happy holiday season, with hopefully a well earnt break.
We look forward to an exciting new year and spring full of Green Papers!
The NNPCF Steering group