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East Norfolk SEN and Local Offer Co-Production - SEND Parent/Carer and Student Focus Group 2017

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 clearly states colleges must engage with and listen to children and young people and their parents and carers. This is so that when planning, designing and organising services, their experiences, views and expectations are fully taken into account.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College offers young people and their parents or carers the chance to co-produce the SEN Report and Local offer.  On June 5th and 12th at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, we held our annual focus groups to advise on how the college’s SEN Report and Local offer may be improved. 8 students gave positive feedback saying they agree or strongly agree that the report:

  • uses language that is accessible to all readers
  • clearly shows the definitions of SEN, Disability and Medical Conditions
  • clearly explains the additional learning support available at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

East Norfolk has noted some valued comments

  • Reports need to be shorter
  • Use photographs, sub headings, bullet points, graphics
  • Accessible format for screen readers

East Norfolk Sixth Form College is proud to be part of Norfolk County Council’s pledge for co – production. Young people and families must be placed at the centre of shaping the way services are planned and delivered in Norfolk and Suffolk.

You can find out more about the Pledge for Coproduction here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer/about-the-local-offer/pledge-for-coproduction

If you have any comments about the SEN Report and Local Offer at East Norfolk Sixth Form College then please contact Kayleigh Coulson or Nicholas Morgan Baker on 01493 662234.

Local Offer

East Norfolk Sixth Form College has a Local Offer that provides clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about our Special Educational Needs, Disabilities (SEND) provision and how to access it. We want to make provision responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving learners with Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Medical Conditions and their family or carers. So Our SEN Report combines the Local Offer and is co-produced annually by learners with SEND and their family or carers.

East Norfolk provides advice and guidance to any new applicant or existing student who is eligible for an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If you have any queries about this new Statementing process, then please contact us below to make an appointment to advise on what the EHCP is, whether you are eligible, and if you are on how to request an EHCP. It is strongly advised you contact us before making an EHCP referral, or with your current educational provider or school if you are in Year 11.

Background to SEND Changes

From September 1st 2014, the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statement or Learning Difficulties Assessment (S139a) have been replaced by an Educational, Health and Care Plan (ECHP), which is available up to 25 years of age. Before September 1st 2014, the previous statementing of high and complex needs ceased at 16 years.

The Children and Families Act (2013) and SEN Code of Practice (2014) have changed the “landscape” of SEND provision. Colleges with Schools must record and deliver a SEND provision for all disclosures of difficulty, disability and or disadvantage, engaging with the learner and their family or carers in transition to and progression from the College.

Enrolled or Applying to East Norfolk

If you are enrolled at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, have a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statement or Learning Difficulties Assessment (S139a), then these require conversion by Norfolk and Suffolk Local Authorities. A Request for an ECHP can be made online or paper based.

If you are 19 years old form September 1st then your Learning Difficulties Assessment (S139a) is no longer accepted by the Education Funding Agency but by the Skills Funding Agency. This means you cannot start A Levels or Level 3 studies at East Norfolk Sixth Form College unless you have an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The reason is because East Norfolk is funded by the Education Funding Agency and not the Skills Funding Agency.

Want to know more? Follow links below:

Norfolk resident applicants and students and their parent/carers

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer

Suffolk resident applicants and students and their parent/carers

http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/send-and-the-local-offer/

Any queries?

Please contact Nicholas Morgan-Baker on 01493 662234.

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