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Supporting children and young people with SEND attend school

The NNPCF has been asked to join the Department for Education’s Attendance Action Alliance which was set up by the Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi. Education Secretary launches new attendance alliance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The group brings together senior figures from the world of education to boost attendance at school, particularly for vulnerable pupils.

At the meeting this week, chaired by Schools Minister Robin Walker, NNPCF co-chairs Mrunal Sisodia and Tina Emery were asked to lead a discussion on how to support the attendance of CYP with SEND.

Drawing upon the insightful feedback that we got from parent carer forums in our survey last year survey we conducted on school attendance (School attendance for children and young people with SEND – National Network of Parent Carer Forums C.I.C (nnpcf.org.uk)), Mrunal and Tina talked about the reasons for CYP with SEND missing school. These included:

  • How anxiety and mental health issues was the most significant barrier for many CYP with SEND
  • The impact that families not getting the right support had on attendance – not just from schools but also the gaps in social care and health services particularly over the pandemic
  • How fear of covid was less of an issue for parents than many perceived
  • And how the shortage of appropriate school places was stopping CYP with SEND attending school

In addition, we also spoke about the steps local and national government / NHS could take to better support families:

  • More reasonable adjustments
  • A more holistic focus from schools
  • More support for anxiety including better awareness, use and funding of mental health support teams
  • More awareness of the challenges of disability
  • Better training for staff
  • More and better coproduction

Other members of the group endorsed these messages as being aligned with their research and findings.

We also called for a more consistent approach and messages from the Department for Education – children should be supported into school and local authorities and schools must not be allowed to take a punitive approach to school attendance. We highlighted the Autism in Schools project (Autism Schools Project – National Network of Parent Carer Forums C.I.C (nnpcf.org.uk)) as an exemplar of the right approach combining coproduction, a cross system approach and being person centred.

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School attendance for children and young people with SEND

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

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The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities launches PELICAN – Promoting Emotional Literacy in Children with Additional Needs.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is delighted to be launching PELICAN – Promoting Emotional Literacy in Children with Additional Needs.

Pelican is a set of free web-based materials for children and young people with complex learning needs and or learning disabilities and people who support them.

Pelican helps staff, parents and carers to develop emotional literacy, wellbeing and resilience in children with learning disabilities and autism. Peli and Tou introduce you to the PELICAN framework through a simple visual  story. Peli is scared to fly but Tou is on hand to help.

This is a much needed resource that supports teachers and parents to support children with additional needs.