Nottinghamshire provides a wide range of support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. This is achieved by working in partnership with parents, carers, children, schools and other agencies such as health, social care and the voluntary sector.
A number of significant changes are taking place to the way that services for children with SEND are identified, assessed and supported and Nottinghamshire is one of 20 areas across England selected by the government to pilot the reforms proposed in the draft legislation.
The new plans should make it easier to access joined-up services across health, social care and education. One of the requirements of the new legislation is the development of a Local Offer which will describe the services and provision that is available to the families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
SEND Policy and Provision
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy and Provision co-ordinates a range of services which support children and young people with SEND to achieve their full educational potential. This includes the provision of specialist advice and support to children, families and schools.
The service consists of a number of specialist teams, providing specific areas of support. Contact with the support services is usually initiated by schools, or by referral arising from a professional assessment of a child's special educational needs, for example, springboard meetings.
Statutory Assessment and Placements
(From September 2013 to be known as Education Health and Care Plan team.)
Coordinates the statutory assessment process and, where appropriate, the placement of children in specialist provision.
Contact the SEND Casework Support Team:
Schools and Families Specialist Services
Specialist teachers and teaching assistants work with children and young people with a range of complex SEND from birth to nineteen years in homes, early years settings and schools. Providing specialist assessments and interventions, including services for children and young people who are deaf, visually impaired, autistic and have cognitive learning difficulties.
Contact Ruth Hardy:
Education Psychology Services
Enable improvements in the attainment and emotional health and well-being of the most vulnerable children through the application of psychology to education and child development
Contact Charles Savage:
Specialist teachers and teaching assistants provide advice and support to schools and to partnerships of schools with regard to the social and emotional needs of children aged 3 to 11years. The service aims to secure and strengthen the school places of the primary aged children with the most severe and complex emotional and social needs; where such children are without a school place, the team has responsibility for ensuring that they have access to appropriate education.
Contact Linda Armitage:
Commissioning of appropriate, cost-effective specialist educational placements for pupils with SEND.
The management and distribution of a range of funding to schools to facilitate the appropriate support for children and young people with SEND.
Contact Alison Holloway:
Parent Partnership Service
The Parent Partnership Service offers impartial information, support and advice to children and young people, their parents and carers, to enable them to make informed decisions about their child or young person’s education.
Contact Edwina Cosgrove:
Physical Disability Support Service
Provides specialist advice to schools to promote the inclusion of pupils with complex physical or medical needs.
Contact Mark Dengel:
Health Related Education Service
Supports children who are unable to attend school for health related reasons, including:
- Pregnant school age learners and school age mothers
- Learners in hospital receiving treatment
- Children who are too ill to attend school
For the north of the county contact Maureen Sully
For the south of the county contact Jill Priddle:
Managing Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA)
Specialist advice, training and support around the use of reasonable force and physical interventions within schools and associated settings.
Contact Matt Rooney or Jon Glover
Support and advice to schools in respect of the anti-bullying policy and strategies.
Contact Lorna Naylor
Co-ordinates Post 16 provision for students with SEND.
Contact Louise Benson