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Free Laminated Reasonable Adjustments Cards

A fellow parent-carer recently reached out to us, saying that she printed and laminated a hundred Reasonable Adjustments Cards, which she is willing to send by post to SEND families in Manchester. We developed the cards together with Manchester City Council and they can be

By |2020-08-05T14:12:02+01:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Manchester Reasonable Adjustments Card for SEND

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about plenty of changes to our life, significantly affecting our ability to access the community. While this has been difficult for everyone, it can sometimes be even more difficult for families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs

By |2020-07-25T14:52:51+01:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Call for Volunteers – Project for the Benefit of Children and Young People with EHCPs

We're looking for volunteers who are willing to help with packing and/or distribution of an exciting project that would benefit children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in Manchester. Volunteers will be linked up with our friends from 4CT Limited, a

By |2020-07-12T16:28:32+01:00July 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

“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