Special Educational Needs
Welcome to the Special Educational Needs area of the East Sussex Learning Platform.
The Pupil Well-being and Vulnerable Learners team provides support and training for Special Educational Needs Coordinators and senior leaders to help them ensure that they meet the statutory requirements for pupils with special educational needs as well as helping them close the progress gap for this vulnerable group. A range of resources to support you in this work can be found in the folders to the left.
The PWVL team work with the University of Chichester to provide the accredited training that all new SENCOs are now required to complete.
East Sussex was one of the Local Authorities selected to be part of the Achievement for All project. To find out more about good practice from the project visit the Achievement for All area.
The PWVL team also provide training for teaching assistants and other support staff. Visit Support Staff to find out more about the training and access resources for support staff.
In March 2011 the Department for Education (DFE) put out a consultation document on a new approach to special educational needs and disablity. The consultation document is a Green Paper setting out wide ranging proposals. They cover the circumstances of the child with complex ongoing medical needs to the young person who is falling behind at school. The proposals promote developing effective partnerships with parents and seek to focus on achievement not labels, giving every child the support they need to succeed.
East Sussex, as part of the SE7 group, has been selected to be a Pathfinder authority to trial the approaches outlined in the Green Paper. There is more information in the folder to the left, or contact the local lead, Jenny Clench, firstname.lastname@example.org. if you have any queries or would like to be involved.
This year's Closing the Gap Conference, on 23 Ocotber 2012, will focus on special educational needs and help schools prepare for the forthcoming changes in the way that special educational needs are identified, assessed and funded. It is a subsidised full- day conference. The central theme will be A NEW LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS: WILL YOUR SCHOOL BE READY FOR THE BIGGEST CHANGES IN THIS AREA FOR LAST 30 YEARS. There will be local and national updates including information about the proposed new arrangements for SEN funding and implications for the SENCO role. To book a place, please contact email@example.com