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“Reasonable Endeavours” EHCP Law Change to End July 31

Last Monday, we learned of the unfortunate news that the change in the law for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in England has been extended by the Department for Education (DfE) until end of 31st July 2020. The changes mean that education and health

By |2020-07-02T18:32:47+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

About Face Coverings in Greater Manchester Public Transportation

As you might know, face coverings are now mandatory (starting on Monday last week, June 15th) on public transport (with exemptions). Even as we are aware of the exemptions - e.g., children under the age of 11 and students travelling on dedicated school bus services,

By |2020-06-23T17:10:53+01:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Extension of Temporary Changes to EHCP Legislation

We previously shared with you information about the temporary changes to the law regarding Education Health and Care (EHC) plans during the Coronavirus pandemic, which was followed by a factsheet from Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM) explaining the changes in more detail. On Friday

By |2020-06-05T16:58:17+01:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Phased Reopening of Schools and Educational Settings

The government announced this week its "recovery roadmap" for the country to ease out of lockdown. With it is a plan to gradually reopen schools in England. You can read short summaries about these on the Contact and Council for Disabled Children websites.

By |2020-05-13T12:40:38+01:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Manchester City Council’s Letter to Parents of Children with EHCP

Below is a letter from Isobel Booler, Manchester City Council's Head of School Quality Assurance and Strategic SEND, that is being sent to all parents/carers of children and young people with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan): This letter will

By |2020-05-07T17:30:26+01:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Changes to the law on Education, Health and Care Plans due to coronavirus

The Department for Education (DfE) yesterday published guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25 In their news article about this new guidance, Contact describes the following two main changes: Education and health

Features to Check When Your Child is Unwell

Manchester City Council recently reached out to us to say that Health colleagues have raised concerns that families are presenting children late with serious conditions/ Covid-19 because of anxieties about attending hospitals. They shared with us the following guidance from Healthier Together and the Royal

Sharing Our Wellness 2019

Last December, we ran an "Emotional Resilience Workshop for Parents-Carers" - this was delivered by fellow SEND parent, Geraldine Hills and was well-received by all who attended. During the workshop, we looked at becoming more resilient so one can learn "how to live with yourself

By |2020-02-09T21:21:53+00:00February 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

A Letter to Forum Members and Manchester Working Together Network

Manchester City Council's SEND Lead, Julie Hicklin | Photo Credit: Preparing for Adulthood Julie Hicklin, Manchester City Council's Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Lead, recently sent us a letter expressing appreciation of the forum and of our Manchester Working Together Network. Dear Parents/Carers,

By |2019-12-22T16:14:33+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: SEND Support Group Network, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |