Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools have been required to close their doors to most of their families, with the majority of our children with SEN being expected to stay home, if it is safe to do so, unless they have a social worker or a parent/carer who is a key worker.
In these unprecedented times the legislation around provision for children with Education Health and Care plans has been temporarily changed meaning that current provision is likely to be different to that listed on the plan. Working with the Local Authority, Hope Learning Trust continues to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children, including those with EHC plans.
In accordance with the latest guidance, brief risk assessments have been completed by school SENDCos for all children with EHCPs (including those currently undergoing statutory assessment) and the content of these have been agreed with parents in initial phone calls. Consideration is given as to whether or not a child’s needs can continue to be met at home each week during a welfare call between parents and the SENDCo. The vast majority of children with EHC plans are being well supported at home and provision is co-produced between home and school to include a variety of strategies to meet individual needs, including:
signposting to free educational resources
regular updates on school websites and social media including Twitter.
personalised resources to meet learning needs shared electronically via email, Google sites or paper copies where required.
regular contact with teachers via email.
weekly telephone contact with the school SEND team including Teaching Assistants and the SENDCo.
SENDCos may also link in some external agencies with families to provide additional advice and resources if this is agreed.
any EHC plans due for annual review will still be completed remotely.
For specific enquiries please contact Miss Tunnard in the first instance. The school SENDCo can also be contacted via email email@example.com
For further general guidance on supporting your child at home please follow the links below.
The parent/carer forum in North Yorkshire has recently been relaunched. Formerly known as NYPACT, the forum is now known as Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire. The relaunch has included a rebrand, and a new website.
Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire is for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who are aged 0-25. Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire wants to reflect more effectively the particular needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities throughout North Yorkshire, and to support and gather the voice of parent/carers in every locality.