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Close the School Transport Loophole

More and more disabled children are being refused school transport or charged for it, as councils exploit a loophole in the law.

How can it be fair that the law says a young person is expected to be in school or training until 18 but does not have the transport to get there once they turn 16?

That’s why Contact are calling on the government to close this loophole for disabled youngsters as they face additional challenges getting to school or college.

Sign the Petition Now

Contact know from their school transport inquiry that the impact of losing school transport is huge for families.

Although the law says that young people are expected to be in school or training until they are 18, local councils do not have to provide them with free school transport once they turn 16.

For advice and information on school transport, visit Contact’s page on transport to school and college and post-16 school transport in England. You can also find out about challenging school transport decisions.

Wiltshire’s Draft Placements Commissioning Strategy 2017-2022 Consultation Sessions

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council will be inviting parent carers of children/ young people aged 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND) to attend one of our consultation sessions to find out more about Wiltshire’s Placements Commissioning Strategy.  There will be a brief outline of the strategy by the Lead Commissioner and the opportunity to offer your views on the placements needs for children and young people and the proposed commissioning priorities.

What is the strategy about?

The strategy covers any placement that Wiltshire Council makes for a child or young person with a commissioned provider both in Wiltshire and in other local authority areas which includes:

  • Independent fostering agency placements for looked after children & young people
  • Residential group-living placements for looked after children
  • Independent special school placements for children & young people with SEND (incl. post-16)
  • Accommodation & support placements for care leavers
  • Independent specialist placements for young people with SEND post-16

When are the consultations? – All sessions run from 10 am-12.30pm on the following dates:

Friday 18th May 2018 – Trowbridge (MSO Workspace, One Newmarket Avenue, White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge BA14 0XQ)

Monday 21st May 2018 – Salisbury (Salisbury and South Wiltshire Sports Club, Skewbridge, Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 9NY)

Wednesday 6th June 2018 – Lacock (Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Nr Chippenham SN15 2NY)

These consultations are for parent carers only.  BOOK NOW.

Additional information – If you would like to take a look at the Draft Placements Commissioning Strategy documents Draft Strategy Documents

If you are unable to attend any of Wiltshire Parent Carer Council’s consultation sessions, you can still email your answers to the consultation questions contained in the strategy document to pathways@wiltshire.gov.uk

The consultation period runs until 9th June 2018.

Views of Young People Sought on How School Staff Should Work With Them

Flexible, responsive support at school and beyond can make a vast difference in a child or young person’s life. Not only does it enable them to develop their skills and knowledge, but also empowers them to become confident, independent individuals with an active and fulfilling role in their community.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) wants to hear from children and young people with SEND about how school staff work with them to ensure that the right support is in place and working effectively and have suggested some questions that young people might want to think about or discuss with their parents to help with responses:-

1. Who is involved in your support at school/college/university?

– Rank these people from who is most involved to the least

– Is your order the same as your friends? Why?

– Does this change at different stages i.e. as you get older/ at different key stages/ progression?

– How and when should your support change? Why?

2. How can teachers work with students to record their learning and set them new tasks and skills builders?

– What skills do you think are really important for children and young people to develop?

– Why do you think these are the most important skills we need to learn?

3. What do teachers need to think about when they are planning a lesson for their class?

– Is this the same for all classes or will it depend?

– If so, what will it depend on?

4. How comfortable do you feel about talking to teaching/ support staff about your learning and/or support needs?

– What can teaching/ support staff do to make it easier for you to talk about your needs and support?

– What can schools/colleges do to make it easier for students to change their support or ask for help?

5. What do teaching/ support staff do to involve you in checking how well your support is working?

– Is there anything you would change about this process?

– If yes, what would you change and why?

– If not, what is it about the way you are involved that you like?

The CDC would like you to let them know your thoughts by the May 27th 2018. Please send any feedback on this topic to Joanna Carr at jcarr@ncb.org.uk.

Externally Led Review of School Exclusions – Online Survey

It will not seek to examine the powers head teachers have to exclude. For more information about what the review will consider, click externally led review of school exclusions to read a 2 page document: the Terms of Reference.

The review will help to understand how and why schools use exclusion, what drives the variation seen in exclusion rates and, in particular, the disproportionate exclusion of some groups  – including black Caribbean boys, Children in Need, Looked After Children, and those with Special Educational Needs. The review will also explore and identify effective practice, which can be shared across the system.

As part of this review, an online survey has been published: call for evidence. Views are sought from parents, children, schools, local authorities and other organisations to hear about their experiences, practice and evidence. The review will aim to report by the end of 2018. The review will launch with a call for evidence, which will run until May 6th. The review will report to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education. Please submit your responses to the online survey by May 6th 2018.

If you have any queries about the review of exclusions and the call for evidence, please contact: School.EXCLUSIONS@education.gov.uk.

Special School Provision – Salisbury Session on Friday 1st December

The WPCC is organising a series of sessions for parent carers to talk about planning for developing and expanding special school provision in Wiltshire.

The local authority has identified that by 2026 there will be a need for 220 extra special school places. There are a lot of issues involved in deciding how to create these new places, while at the same time making sure that provision for all children and young people with SEND continually improves. Click here for the flyer.

Who is this for?
These sessions are for parent carers only

We would like to invite you to join us at one of our sessions so that you can join the discussion, talk to the local authority and consider together how you think these issues might be addressed. We would like the sessions to consider a range of discussion topics that will inform future council decision making.
By getting involved now, you will be more informed and be better prepared to contribute to final decision making.

All sessions to run from 10am to 2pm
Arrive from 10am to sign in and grab a tea or coffee (refreshments provided)
Sessions start at 10:15am
Lunch at 1:00pm (lunch is provided)

Friday 1st December 2017 Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL You can book online 
Alternatively call WPCC on 01225 764647 or email
Booking closes on Tuesday 28th November 2017