We asked participating organisations/teams in last month’s Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers.
Below are the questions that parents asked at the May SEND Drop-in (click or tap a question to view the answer):
You can also read more about school transitions at the SEND Local Offer and at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities website.
“Hello Mr M,
You want [preferred school] for September / when schools reopen.
I can see from the records that your son’s EHC plan is overdue for review. (* should have taken place in April )
The temporary amendments to EHC law because of COVID-19 relaxed some of the rules on when reviews should be carried out but since your child’s review was before the enactment of the relaxation of the rules, the Local Authority must ensure a review is carried out.
What to do next
- Contact [current school] and request an urgent review.
- State that you want the LA to consult with [preferred new school].
- Come back to me if you need any further advice or are encountering difficulties.
Regards,[IASM Staff Member]”
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Short Breaks entitlement during the lockdown was widely discussed during the March virtual drop-in. Please check out our FAQ from that session for more details.
Please note that most of the answers above are information we pulled from various partners who participated at last month’s drop-in. We have put such answers within quotes (“”) to make it clear that the answers are not our own.
Where we put our own commentary in, we separated our answers using a horizontal line and our comments are in green text. This will be clear when you’re reading each FAQ item above.
We hope this helps. Any questions, please send us a message or contact Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester or visit the SEND Local Offer.