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News and updates for families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Central Bedfordshire

The latest updates about services, events and information for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND.)

This page was last updated on: 21 December 2018.

Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire is the only voluntary organisation in Bedfordshire that is specialised in supporting autistic adults and children. With over 25 years of first-hand experience, Autism Bedfordshire is a leading provider of high quality autism training throughout Bedfordshire and beyond.

The organisation have developed a comprehensive range of quality, specialist training packages suitable for anyone wanting to increase their understanding of autism and knowledge of strategies to support individuals. Where practical, training is delivered in partnership with autistic guest speakers who offer their unique personal perspective of life on the spectrum.

Autism Bedfordshire have a rolling programme of training events (link opens in new window).

They also run bespoke training events (link opens in new window) too.

You can also contact Autism Bedfordshire via email at training@autismbeds.org or by telephone 01234 214871.

Managing Demand in SEND

As advised in November, the High Needs Block project is made up of seven workstreams:

  1. Restorative Practice in 12 middle schools and one upper school
  2. Special School Early Intervention Outreach - an extension of services to encompass a range of special educational needs, intervening earlier
  3. Development of identification, assessment and provision for children and young people with underlying speech, language and communication needs (S&LT)
  4. Whole school approach for targeted lower and primary schools (six identified) to developing sense of safety and security, thus improving overall emotional resilience and behaviour (Mind Map)
  5. Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) inclusion support from JigsawTeam for Years 7 and 8
  6. Targeted Early Years support for reception aged children to support transition into school
  7. Theraplay support in agreed schools

The Special School Early Intervention Outreach is live, with the two Area Special Schools offering an extended range of support by working collaboratively with mainstream schools to build capacity and confidence.

This workstream is focused on supporting children with communication and interaction difficulties and/or learning needs including, but not exclusively, ASD.

The Early Intervention Outreach Team aims to support schools in meeting the needs of pupils with more complex educational needs. The team will facilitate staff development to build a school’s capacity to meet the needs of a wider range of pupils. The team draws from the expertise within our Area Special Schools and is offered to schools across Central Bedfordshire.

To make a referral into this workstream, schools should be able to evidence two cycles of support given by the school, using the cycle Assess/Plan/Do/Review (see Central Bedfordshire Council's Guidance on SEND 5-16: A Graduated Approach).

Please download the referral form by clicking below:

We can now share the outreach training planned for the spring and summer terms, which are available to book via CPD Online - full details in this flyer (PDF 111.4KB) .

New Managing Demand in SEND project

We are excited to announce our new Managing Demand in SEND project, launching in schools this term, which consists of seven early intervention workstreams. Effective early intervention works to prevent problems occurring, or to tackle them head-on when they do, before problems get worse.

Each of the seven workstreams has a lead officer from a range of our services.

The workstreams are:

  • restorative practice in 12 identified middle schools and one upper school
  • SEND special school outreach
  • targeted speech and language support
  • mind map behavioural support to participating schools
  • social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) inclusion support from Jigsaw team for years seven and eight
  • targeted early years support for reception aged children to support transition
  • theraplay support in participating schools

Download the Managing Demand in SEND project's presentation (PDF 4.9MB)

Disability benefits form-filling workshop at the Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable

The Disability Resource Centre offer free Disability Benefits workshops that are designed to help you complete your PIP (personal independence payment) or AA (attendance allowance) claim form.

The workshops run most Mondays at The Disability Resource Centre with a maximum of 8 claimants in each session:

When: most Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm

24 and 31 December 2018

7, 14, 21 and 28 January 2019

4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2019

4, 11, 18 and 25 March 2019

1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April 2019

Where: The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4TP

Cost: Free

You can book your place by calling the Disability Resource Centre on 01582 470970 or visit the Disability Resource Centre website (link opens in new window) for more details.

Coffee mornings (run by SNAP Parent Carer Forum)

Come along for coffee, cake and an opportunity to connect with other parents/carers who have children or young people (aged up to 25 years) with SEND. No need to book, just turn up.

Leighton Buzzard

When: Monday 7 January 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 4 February 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 11 March 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

Houghton Regis

When: Tuesday 5 February 2019, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

When: Tuesday 12 March 2019, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

Ongoing

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