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Contact Details

SEND Service - Contact Details

Contact details for the different teams

Complaints

Complaints, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Factsheets

These factsheets aim to provide an overview of the processes involved if you are unhappy with the decisions that have been made.

Further information, advice or support is available through Halton SEND Partnership Information, Advice and support service for free confidential and impartial support 0151 511 7733 SENDpartnership@halton.gov.uk

 

Complaints

These are most commonly made on behalf of a child or young person by their parent, carer or a representative. However, children and young people can make comments and complaints in their own right.

Education

Health

Complaint – Health Services

Social Care

Mediation

Guide to Mediation

Tribunal Appeals

Special Educational Needs and Disability Appeals

First Tier Tribunal Appeals – SEND

School Exclusion Appeals

Tribunal Appeals – School Exclusion

School Admissions Appeals

Tribunal Appeals – School Admissions

School Transport Appeals

Assisted Travel Appeals – School Transport

Judicial Review

Guide to Judicial Review

Disability Access Fund (DAF) Early Years

Early Years Childcare Funding

From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs.

DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting).

Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

Strategies & Local Data

Accessibility Strategy

Accessibility Strategy 2015-18 will support schools in meeting the needs of disabled pupils, ensuring accessibility of the school curriculum, the physical environment and access to information.

SEND Strategy

The SEND Strategy is to support meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND to improve their outcomes in terms of:

  • progress made towards targets are realistic and aspirational;
  • access to a full educational curriculum and experience;
  • progress to higher education or employment;
  • independent living;
  • participating in society, and;
  • being as healthy as possible.
Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies ‘the big picture’ in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the local population. It is based on the analysis of current and predicted health and well-being outcomes and sets out what people want from their services.

The JSNA is underpinned by partnership working, community engagement and evidence of effectiveness.

Education & Childcare

Local Offer Policy Statement Out of Borough Provision

This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.

Halton's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review

The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review assesses the supply of and demand for all types of Early Education and Childcare in Halton and identify any gaps in provision

 

School Admission Information

Information for school admissions in Halton is available from www.halton.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Child Place Planning Team on 0151 511 7338/7271, or by emailing schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk, if you have any queries.

Information for Parents

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting).

Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

Children’s Centres
Children’s Centres provide many different children and family services including activities for parents, parents-to-be, their babies, toddlers, young children and the rest of the family. They are located within your local community so you don’t have to travel far

Free School Meals
Free school Application Form and information is available from Halton Borough Council’s website

Learning and development – Birth to 5 years old?
What to expect and when Guidance

School Travel
School travel information is available from Halton Borough Council’s website and Independent Travel Training

Giving your views to Ofsted about your child’s school 
Parent View online questionnaire and Parent View Toolkit for schools

Halton Family Information Service
Halton Family Information Service offers free and impartial advice and guidance for families on all childcare and a wide range of children’s services in Halton

Elective Home Education Guidance
Draft Elective Home Education Guidance for Parents and Carers Nov ’16

Parenting Magazine
Digital Parenting

Private, Voluntary and Independent Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs

Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs information, including Halton’s Family Information Service

Nursery Schools

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs.

DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting).

Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

School Search & School Exclusions

Can only take place in certain circumstances and if certain things have happened. There are time limits for lengths of exclusion and procedures that schools must follow. There are also opportunities for parents to appeal about exclusions.

Primary Schools
The Bridge - Alternative Provision (KS3 & KS4)

The Bridge School and SEND Information Report 2016/17

The Bridge Admissions Policy 2016

The Bridge School is an Alternative Provision for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils, which  supports the 7 high schools in the borough with preventative and reactive behaviour programmes for permanently excluded pupils.

It is also a Key Stage 4 alternative provider offering 40 on-roll places for pupils that benefit from education out-side of a high school context, this provision is secured at providers across the borough with The Bridge providing quality assurance, guidance and support.

Key Stage 3 provision is either reactive as a result of permanent exclusion or preventative, through outreach and short-term part-time placements at The Bridge School site.

Specialist Provision & Resource Bases

Specialist Provision in Halton 2016

This includes Resource Bases in mainstream schools for pupils with a range of SEND with staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of needs.

Specialist Out of Borough Resource Bases

With staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of SEND needs

Independent Schools

The excellent and wide ranging educational provision within Halton is able to meet the needs of most of our children and young people. However where that provision is unable to meet the needs of  a child or young person, then independent specialist schools, either within or outside of Halton will be considered.

This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.

All other Independent Special Schools and Special Post-16 Provision (Section 41 List)

Known as the Section 41 List

The Secretary of State for Education has approved these under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The Government update this list termly.

SEND Specialist Support

Communication and Interaction

Speech, language and communication needs  involves understanding language, forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially.

For more information and support see Communication and Interaction 

Cognition and Learning Difficulties

The Cognition and Learning Service work with schools, parents and other professionals to raise standards of achievement for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties

Contact Judith Hughes, Tel. 0151 511 6955

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

The Educational Psychology (EP) Service work with schools and other partners around Social, Emotional and Mental health – for school staff all Educational Psychologists would be your point of contact.

How can the EP Service help?

  • Provide support and training for staff, children and families
  • Work consultatively to jointly problem solve and to create positive change
  • We have an specialist Educational Psychologist to support Social, Emotional and Mental Health – this work is often strategic
  • Supports nurture based approaches in schools from being nurturing schools to full nurture groups
  • EPs work with staff groups developing and delivering bespoke training for staff, parents and the local community
  • Where capacity allows we can deliver bespoke therapeutic interventions for Children and Young People, however we always try to work holistically with all concerned.

For more information and contact details please look under the Educational Psychology Service option on this section/page

 

Sensory and/or Physical Needs (Hearing & Visual Impairment)
Enhanced Provision Important Dates-Cut-off, Panel and SENCO Workshops 2017-2018
SENCO and Teaching Staff: A Guide to Supporting Children and Young People with SEND
Halton's Graduated Approach to Nurture
SEND Guidance for Professionals

This is an in-depth guide to assist professionals in their role of supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

SEND Guidance for Professionals

Resources

Newsletters

S:NEWS

SEND NW Regional Network

Safer Schools & Young Persons Partnership

Scope Face2Face

Transitions: Looking Ahead?

Helpful Hints & Tips around Transition

Halton School Games

The Halton School Games forms part of the Government programme which aims to engage and enthuse more young people than ever before to participate in high quality inclusive school competition, supporting all young people to achieve their own personal best through sports participation and leadership. The School Games not only offers an annual calendar of inter school competition opportunities to all Halton primary, secondary and special schools, but also offers to our pupils; leadership development, school to club exit routes and Change 4 Life opportunities to engage our less active and confident children.

Further information about the School Games programme or follow on Twitter @halton_SG

Supporting Pupils at School with Asthma & other Medical Conditions

From 1st September 2014, governing bodies have a statutory duty (Children and Families Act 2014) to ensure schools make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.  A medical conditions policy will be required, ensuring pupils with medical conditions have full access to education, including physical education and school trips.

Young people who are unable to access school for 15 days or more in an academic year due to medical issues and are under a Consultant

Palliative Care Education Resource

Education Resource for babies, children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions to help explain:

  • What is children’s palliative care? Who needs it?
  • What do children with life-limiting conditions need to help them access an education? Does this vary according to different conditions, and how?
  • What should education providers do to meet these needs? What are they obliged to do? What should they do?
Parent View - School Toolkit

A helpful guide for schools to seek parent and carer views – Parent View Toolkit for schools

 

Learning from Case Reviews – Children with Disabilities and/or who are Deaf

SEND Briefing – provides important information around key findings and key messages for staff from case reviews

Other School Support

Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service works with teachers, school staff, professionals and parents to try and identify causes of difficulties/problems and ways of dealing with them. We can offer advice on intervention strategies, Individual Education Plans and behaviour management.

 

Attendance and Behaviour Service

The Attendance and Behaviour Service seeks to ensure families are enabling their children to attend school

 

Positive Behaviour Support Service

The Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS) is a specialist service that works to support behaviour change and improved quality of life for people with autism and/or learning disabilities who engage in challenging behaviour.

 

Health Visiting Service

Health Visiting Service offers health assessments, advice support and interventions to children and families as required in their first years of life

Health Visiting Service Facebook page

School Nursing

Community based teams deliver the Healthy Child Programme for school-aged children and young people 5-19 years of age and work with their families around health needs to promote health and wellbeing with a focus on early help and support

Halton Virtual School - Children in Care

The purpose of Halton Virtual School is to: Support all children and young people in the care of Halton to become resilient and effective independent learners, so that they can achieve their full potential and become full and active participants in society.

For children and young people who are in care to Halton from 0 – 25 years there is a range of interventions and support that we can provide directly.

For professionals and carers we will provide advice and guidance.

For other Local Authority professionals and Virtual Head teachers, the focus of the Halton Virtual School is to act as the main point of contact to support them in gaining admission to an education provision and access to any appropriate support the young person requires to promote their educational attainment and attendance.

However, Halton Virtual School cannot provide any direct intervention or support to children and young people in care to other Local authorities. For further information, please contact Halton Virtual School

 

Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator

Gareth Burke is the Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator, who works with primary, secondary and special schools and other professionals to:

  • provide opportunities for children and young people to access sports, develop confidence and improve their self-esteem
  • support teaching staff and volunteers to improve their skills around inclusive play and physical education

Gareth works 1 day per week and is based at Cavendish School, if you’d like to find out more about the support he can provide you can contact Gareth by email, (a phone number for Gareth will be added shortly).