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  • March schools re-opening NNPCF representations
    On Monday, the government announced the full reopening of schools on the 8th March for all children and young people. A large amount of guidance was issued to support the re-opening which we shared earlier this week. All the latest Govt. guidance in one place – National Network of Parent Carer Forums C.I.C (nnpcf.org.uk) Parent […]
  • All the latest Govt. guidance in one place
    We felt that, as so much has happened of late with changes to guidance, that it would be good to share the links to all pertinent documents here in one place. Roadmap: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021 DfE press notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mass-testing-for-secondary-pupils-as-all-schools-and-colleges-fully-reopenfrom8-march Schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak Early Years: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures Further Education:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision Contingency framework: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-contingency-framework-for-education-and-childcare-settings Higher Education: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses Special schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings Evidence summary: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-summary-covid-19-children-young-people-and-education-settings New education recovery package for children […]
  • NNPCF representations on catch-up learning
    In the last few weeks there has been a lot of comment in the press about how children and young people who have missed out on school and learning over the last year will be supported to catch up. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include summer schools, extending the school day and […]
  • Statement on Department for Education about increased funding for parent carer forums
    Dear parent carer forums We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and that you’re navigating the latest challenges as best as you can. We’re really pleased to be able to confirm that the DfE has this afternoon announced that they are continuing to fund SEND contracts next year. You will be delighted […]
  • Covid 19 Vaccinations and SEND
    Whilst great progress is being made to vaccinate people, NHS staff and some care workers, parent carer forums are raising issues about the position of SEND families and services with regard to vaccinations. Forums have described a “post code lottery” across three clear areas related to SEND which is causing confusion and anxiety. These are […]
  • Ofsted, COVID-19 series of reports
    Ofsted has produced a series of reports on the impact of COVID. Ofsted: Children hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic are regressing in basic skills and learning Ofsted’s headlines from second report on the effects of the COVID-19 across the sectors it inspects and regulates: • children hardest hit by restrictions have regressed in some basic […]
  • Guidance for Parent Carer Forums on January national lockdown
    At the start of January, the NNPCF published a list of risks and potential issues for children and young people with SEND at the start of a new national lockdown, in particular, one in which schools were closed. Over the last 3 weeks we have been gathering intelligence from parent carer forums and many of […]
  • National Strategy for Disabled People Consultation
    The Disability Unit at Cabinet Office is developing a National Stratgey for Disabled People, which publication planned for Spring 2021. The Disability Unit has launched the UK Disability Survey (link below) and we want to hear from as many people as possible. We are particularly keen to hear from disabled people, their carers, friends and […]
  • NNPCF input into assessments consultation
    The background Earlier this month, the government announced that the 2021 summer exam series would not be taking place. They have launched a consultation about how children and young people should be assessed if exams cannot be used. The key points of the proposal are: Grades will be based on teacher assessment Guidance will be […]
  • Minister Vicky Ford’s open letter to the SEND community
    Yesterday Minister Vicky Ford released an open letter to Children and Young people with SEND, their families and those who support them.
  • New Government Guidance for Special Schools during the National Lockdown
    Today the government released new guidance for special schools, specialist post-16 providers and alternative provision during the current national lockdown. A copy of this is below.
  • Guidance for Parent Carer Forums on School Reopening
    Guidance for Parent Carer Forums following school reopening measures.
  • January Schools opening guidance – some points to note for special needs pupils
    Yesterday the government released updated guidance on the opening of schools in January. You can find the latest guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-contingency-framework-for-education-and-childcare-settings Headlines for children and young people with SEND are. You will see in green italics, those areas in which we are seeking further clarification: Return dates for primary and secondary schools & colleges in […]
  • Season’s greetings from the NNPCF steering group
    As a year like no other draws to the close, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect over the work of forums and the NNPCF over the last few months. Covid 19 remains a huge concern The pace of 2020 has been relentless. We know that the demands on forums have been greater […]
  • January Schools opening guidance – some points to note for special needs pupils
    17 December 2020 See government guidance Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Today the government announced that the physical return to school in January for secondary school pupils will be staggered from the 4th of January to the 11th of January. Education will be provided remotely during this period. All […]
  • Education Committee Inquiry into Home Education
    In October 2020 the NNPCF started collecting evidence to submit to the Education Committee for their inquiry into Elective Home Education. The inquiry will seek to understand the extent to which current arrangements provide sufficient support for home educated children to access efficient, full-time and suitable education, and establish what further measures may be necessary in […]
  • Sector leaders feedback to Minister Vicky Ford on what the latest lockdown means for children and young people with SEND
    On 12 November, NNPCF co-chairs Tina Emery and Mrunal Sisodia joined a small group of leaders from the SEND sector to brief the Children and Families Minister on the experience of families in the latest Covid 19 lockdown. In preparation for the meeting, the NNPCF steering group prepared a briefing paper which was shared with […]
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures Guidance Update
    New guidance on Aerosol Generating Procedures has been released by the government. It is incorporated into the Safe Working in Education, Childcare and Children’s Social Care document The NNPCF has been raising the need for this guidance as a matter of urgency since the start of term (see http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/your-back-to-school-experiences-nnpcf-steering-group-brief-minister-vicky-ford/).”
  • Open Letter from Minister Ford
    Following the introduction of the new national restrictions on 5th November, this letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including school attendance, children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, remote education, face coverings in education settings, respite, health services for children and young people with SEND, and the new winter package to provide support for children […]
  • COVID-19 series: briefing on local areas’ SEND provision, October 2020
    Ofsted has been carrying out interim visits to local areas to hear about the experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and the practitioners and leaders who are supporting them. We are pleased to be working with Ofsted and CQC and welcome the findings in the report. We have […]
  • NNPCF cochairs meet with new Department for Education Permanent Secretary
    Last week, NNPCF cochairs Tina Emery and Mrunal Sisodia met with Susan Acland-Hood, the newly appointed acting permanent secretary at the Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/susan-acland-hood Susan approached Tina and Mrunal for a meeting and wanted to hear first-hand from parent carers about the what it was like to raise a child with SEND. In a […]
  • Your back to school experiences – NNPCF Steering Group brief Minister Vicky Ford
    September 23, 2020 The NNPCF steering group met with Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford to share the feedback from parent carer forums about the return to school for children with SEND. Ahead of the meeting, parent carer forums continued their outstanding work in listening to the experiences of local families. We heard of concerns […]
  • Letter from Minister Ford to the SEND Sector
    2 September 2020 Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has published an open letter to children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them. The letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including behaviour, risk assessments, face […]
  • Thank you from the NNPCF steering group
    July 24, 2020 A difficult time for parent carers and PCFs The past four months have been a strange and difficult time. For families of children and young people with SEND, it has been even more difficult with many of our children more effected by lockdown and most of the services we rely on simply […]
  • NNPCF welcomes successful candidates to steering group
    July 20, 2020 We are delighted to welcome both Kath Bromfield and Fazilla Amide, the successful applicants, to continue their roles as North West and London borough regional representatives respectively. We look forward to continuing the great work they have already been doing in their areas, and for the individual qualities that they each bring […]
  • Ofsted announces plans for local area SEND inspections
    July 10, 2020 We are pleased to see the announcement today about future plans for the Local Area inspection regime by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. You can find the announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/supporting-local-areas-to-prioritise-and-meet-the-needs-of-children-and-young-people-with-send and a commentary from Amanda Speilman, the head of Ofsted here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/hmci-commentary-the-future-of-area-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-inspections Parent Carer Forums have made clear that they regard […]
  • NNPCF cochairs discuss parental issues with Minister Vicky Ford
    On Monday 6th July, NNPCF cochairs Tina Emery and Mrunal Sisodia met with Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford to discuss the feedback from parent carer forums during the Covid 19 pandemic. The Minister thanked the NNPCF for compiling what she described as the “bubble document” which you can find a copy of here: She commented […]
  • Minister Vicky Ford thanks parent carer forums for their work in the Covid 19 pandemic
    Ahead of the release of new guidance on school re-opening, the Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford met with representatives of the SEND sector to thank them for their work. She singled out the work of parent carer forums for praise in highlighting the way in which risk assessments had been used by some schools […]
  • Guidance to support schools and colleges
    Guidance to support schools and colleges to fully reopen in September and early years and childcare providers from 20 July July 2, 2020 The Education Secretary will lead a press conference at Downing Street this afternoon (Thursday 2 July) Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September Limits on attendance will be lifted to […]
  • Department for Education publishes schools re-opening guidance
    July 2, 2020 Today the Department for Education has published its guidance for schools re-opening. An additional document gives guidance for children and young people with special educational needs. You can find both documents here: Guidance for full opening of schools Guidance for full opening of special schools and other specialist institutions The NNPCF has […]
  • Working list of NNPCF representations on Covid 19
    Risk assessment and return to school We are hearing very concerning examples where risk assessments have been used to prevent a child returning to school because of the additional support that a child with SEND needs in relative to others in the same year group. This is a perversion of the reasonable adjustments requirement that […]