Join the discussion
We here at SGlosPC are trialling something new when it comes to being heard and making your views known. We really, really want to know your thoughts and views. We often get in touch with you about consultation events. As important and fundamental as they are, they can for some be offputting. They can come with many documents in Local Authorityese, a language not many of us are proficient in. Easy read versions might not be released and ready in time for the event you attend and they can for some be offputtingly formal or too structured and facillitated leaving little room for feeling like your voice is heard. That said, for others they are ideal .
So what is this new thing you are trialling?
We are holding our first discussion group so we can get together and discuss the Ready Reckoner being introduced over a three year period starting with all new EHCPs from April 2019. We imagine that you, like us have many questions and so have asked that someone attend from the local authority to explain to us:
What is the Ready Reckoner
What it will look like and how it will be used.
Answer any questions that we have and listen to our concerns.
March 28th 2019 6:45 PM - 9 PM Bailey’s Court Activity Centre
Our group discussion will be in a relatively informal Q&A style with tea, coffee and biscuits. We will have a quick talk at the beginning to explain theReady Reckoner, what it will look like and how it will be used. It goes without saying of course, because of the wonderful community that we are, that it is a space where eveyone can respectfully ask questions, hear full responses and be heard.
We have been listening to the concerns raised within our closed Facebook group and so got in touch with the head of finance Mustafa Salih who has agreed to attend our group to answer questions and address concerns. We wanted to share with you all his response.
Thank you to Mustafa for agreeing to attend. We look forward to being able to ask you questions and tell you of our concerns!
An update on the High Needs Working Group.
As Mustafah mentions in his email to us, two parent carer rep volunteers have agreed to attend the High Needs Working Group meeting to represent all the views of Parent Carers. We were invited to attend following the School and SEND budget Strategy 2019 -2020 consultations. Our reps have different areas of experience, one in finance and the other in communications.
So far there has been two whole group meeting and one smaller focused meeting looking in detail at the area of communications that our reps have attended. So far, some of the themes that have been raised by our reps and other group members in discussions are:
How there is a large area of work to be done on buidling trust between our community and the local authority.
A large piece of work to be done looking into building trust and knowledge amongst parents carers as to the lower level SEN support processes available in mainstream schools.
A need to define what good SEN support looks like and how this is communicated to schools.
How we can hold schools to account through means such as Fair Access when they fall short of expectations. Bring your questions about Fair Access to our event and we hope to share more information in the future.
How also to commuicate what parents can expect from effective SEN support and what to do if a school is not meeting best standard
If SEN support functions well at lower level will costs with be reduced at higher levels due to needs being met with effective early interventions.
Parents and carers need transparency and information about service thresholds and eligibility criteria
A need for myth busters and clear transparent information and explanations e.g the 6K notional SEND budget
A need to explore the contributions made by health and social care to the EHCP process and funding of provision.
A need for stark briefings for CEOs of the Local Authority & Clinical Commissioning Group to highlight the need for greater financial input from health with a view to free/create budget for successful lower level interventions.
More effective health services and support in the area of mental health to lessen the burden on education currently trying to cope with the consequences of a mental health system that isn't meeting the needs of children and young people.
So these are the concerns that we have been raising on your behalf so far and we have been listened to, all of these have been formally fed back to the whole working group. We will keep on representing your views and thoughts but would love for you to join us in the discussion on the 28th of March.