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

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 9 April 2019.

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:

Managing Demand in SEND training update

‘We are delighted to announce the free of charge training opportunities for the summer term, available to book via CPD Online - full details in this flyer (link opens in new window).

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

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

Cost: Free

For more information and to book your place call the Disability Resource Centre on 01582 470970 or visit the Disability Resource Centre website (link opens in new window) for more details.

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.



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