SEND Code of Practice: advice for schools

Is your school following the SEND Code of Practice?

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 has been the catalyst for the biggest changes in provision for pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in a generation. But how are schools, early years and further education settings managing to meet its requirements and recommendations? We take a look at some of the commonly raised aspects of the code and offer some practical advice.

More information in this article from Network Autism:

News piece: Delays in Autism Diagnosis leading to self-harm

BBC Wales reports on warnings that delays in autism diagnosis for children and young people may lead to self-harm and other mental health problems. The article includes the example of a 12 year old girl who has only recently been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome despite having mental health issues for some time, resulting in her missing a year of school. It looks at suggestions that some autistic children and young people are being missed by mental health

More information on Autism and self-harm here:


More information on the FREE Autism Workshops in Kent on 13 & 14th July


Image result for tizard centre university of kentImage result for kent county councilOn Thursday and Friday this week (13th and 14th July), Professor Julie Beadle-Brown will be delivering two one-day workshops on understanding and supporting children and adults with autism.

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The training is being organised with Kent County Council for health and social care staff, those in education, employers,  families, personal assistants in Kent.

The University of Kent in Canterbury have very kindly offered the use of Woolf Lecture Theatre from 0930 to 1630.

If you live or work in Kent and would like to attend, then please just send Julie an email to let her know which of the two days you would like to attend.


Workforce development funding from Association for Real Change

Association for Real Change is contracted by Skills for Care to disburse the Workforce Development Funding (WDF).

WDF is a fund from the Department of Health, disseminated by Skills for Care to support Adult Social Care providers in England with the cost of units achieved from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), RQF and Learning Programme certification.  Health & Social Care providers can make a claim towards the costs of qualifications being undertaken by your adult social care staff.  Up to a maximum of £900 per learner per funding year.

More information available here:

Rights to relationships- a blog by LD Today- Happily a new secure dating agency for people with learning disabilities

‘Happily’, a secure new friendship and dating agency, has been set up to promote safe access to fulfilling relationships.  Read more about it in the blog from LDT here: