- Parsons Green Tube stabbing: Suspect appears in court
- UK banks 'exposed to money laundering in South Africa'
- Fly-tipping costs taxpayers £58m in clean-up costs
- Surrey: Conor McKerr, Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi extend deals until 2020
- Eniola Aluko: England women's boss Mo Marley says striker can earn recall
BBC Birmingham News Feeds
- BBC Radio 1 gives Harrison Wright a teen hero award
- 'I design clothes to inspire my daughter'
- Teacher swaps classroom for new BBC TV comedy
- Calum Gill death: Student died after taking MDMA
- Second arrest over Walsall boxing brawl death
- Murder inquiry under way as man attacked in Birmingham dies
- James Bowen: Solihull Moors sign full-back from Hereford FC
- Milton Keynes Dons v Walsall
- Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area
- The big cases Crimewatch helped solve
BBC Bristol News Feed
- Andy Nash: Somerset chairman to step down, Charles Clark to replace him
- Champions Cup: Scarlets v Bath
- Mark Sampson: FA sorry over race remarks to Eniola Aluko & Drew Spence
- Francois Louw: Bath Rugby flanker given three-week ban
- Solo 45 of Boy Better Know charged with 29 counts of rape
- Charlotte Brown speedboat death: Jack Shepherd in court
- Camila Batmanghelidjh: Cameron government broke funding promise
- Spencer Ashworth police shooting inquest opens
- Synthetic drug Spice use increases in Bristol
- Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed
Cornwall Council News feed
- Brickies, chippies and sparkies given extra help to quit thanks to extra help from Jewson
- Council says no to hate crime
- Call put out for people to consider adopting siblings
- Plymouth man pleads guilty to fly-tipping near Bodmin - again
- Cornwall Council scheme lends more than £2 million to bring empty properties back into use
- Residents and businesses asked for views on Air Quality Management Area for Launceston
- China Clay Community Network Panel meeting to discuss giving local communities a greater voice
- Cornish Cheese company fined for food safety offences
- Celebrations at Tate St Ives
- Cornwall Council and The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to offer a joint customer Hub in Helston Library
BBC Essex News Feed
- Matt Coles: Essex sign Kent all-rounder on two-year contract
- English Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan overcomes injury and progresses in Barnsley
- Dan Lawrence: Essex and England Lions batsman signs new deal with county champions
- South Ockendon stabbing: Fourth man charged over death
- Ronnie O'Sullivan can wear trainers at English Open
- Elvis Bwomono: Southend United teenager signs three-year contract
- Max Whitlock: Olympic gymnast in a degree celebration pose
- Ex-fugitive Essex eBay fraudster Norman Fowler jailed
- Fatal Wickford shooting 'started with family row'
- English Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan could 'pull out' of tournament
BBC Hampshire News Feed
- Bursledon pony and trap death crash: Driver to face charge
- Single-sex English classes introduced at Southampton school
- Emile Cilliers trial: Parachute 'sabotage' possible in five minutes
- Southampton medieval walls city revamp compulsory purchases backed
- Kevin Davies: Southport appoint former England international as manager
- Portsmouth road changes 'could lead to New York skyline'
- Teresa Colvin death: Southern Health NHS trust prosecuted
- Alabama rot dog disease cases 'mostly occur in winter'
- Spencer Ashworth police shooting inquest opens
- Conor Chaplin: Portsmouth striker targets another 100 appearances for club
BBC Manchester News Feeds
- Leigh Centurions sign young pair Jack Blagbrough and Nick Gregson
- Prosthetic arms made in Salford help Ugandan machete attack victim
- Rochdale axe attack: Four men held in attempted murder investigation
- Lewis Tierney: Scotland back joins Catalans Dragons from Wigan Warriors
- Paul Scholes: Ex-Manchester United midfielder wanted Oldham Athletic manager's job
- Paul Scholes: Ex-Manchester United midfielder had interview for Oldham manager's job
- Salford woman who forced boy, 11, into sex jailed
- European Challenge Cup: Lyon v Sale Sharks
- Linzi Ashton, Rania Alayed and Farkhanda Younis case handling 'unsatisfactory'
- FA Cup: BBC to screen Hyde United v MK Dons first round tie
BBC Lincolnshire News Feed
- Porton Down experts assist Lincolnshire mustard gas clear up
- Judo instructor Jason Simpson jailed for sex with teen
- NHS waits for cancer care, A&E and ops worsen across UK
- Swindon Town 0-1 Lincoln City
- Donna Nook Nature Reserve sees earliest seal pup birth
- House prices - has the home ownership dream soured?
- FA Cup first-round draw: Hyde United to host MK Dons
- Man appears in court after two die in water-filled ditch crash
- Lincolnshire Police play Gran Turismo to improve driving
- Red Arrows return to Lincolnshire after Middle East tour
Amersham News Views and Information News Feed
- 2nd Amersham Common Scouts Jumble Sale – 28 November
- Sir Christèmas: A Selection of Seasonal Music – 3 December
- Amersham Art Group – Oil Painting Demonstration – 7 November
- Neighbourhood Pop Up Cinema – 18th – 23rd December
- CRAFT FAIR – Amersham – 28 October
- Amersham and Chesham Bois Choral Society – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Zadok The Priest – 5 November
- Classic Model Train – Amersham – 28 October
- Amersham’s newest stand up comedy club live at the Mad Squirrel Amersham – 25 October
- Brewery Comedy – Amersham Mad Squirrel Tap & Bottle Shop – 11 October
- Humanism and Green Politics – Amersham – 11 October
2nd Amersham Common Scouts Jumble Sale
date: Saturday 28th November
time: 9.30am until 12 noon
venue: St John’s Methodist Church Hall, Woodside Road, Amersham
event email: firstname.lastname@example.org
event tel nos: 07890005073
Sir Christèmas: a selection of seasonal music, including carols for choir and audience.
Chorleywood Choral Society, Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School Choir, English Philharmonia Brass. Conductor: Graham Wili. Organist: Iestyn Evans.
date: Sunday, 3 December 2017
venue: Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, Amersham HP6 6AJ
cost: £13 (£15 on the door) 13-16 yrs £5, under 13 free
event email: email@example.com
event web: www.chorleywoodchoral.co.uk
event tel nos: 01923 283179
October 2017 - Issue no.17
The SEND e-newsletter gives information and news about what is new and being developed in the world of SEND and the Local Offer in Norfolk.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas and news articles to this edition.Co-production in Norfolk
This summer we celebrated National Co-production Week (3–7 July 2017) by making a short film about co-production in Norfolk – and co-producing it, of course.
The idea came from the Local Offer Manager and was enthusiastically welcomed by Family Voice Norfolk, the parent carer forum for our region.
Jacob Furniss, who directed, filmed and edited the film, is himself a young man with special educational needs. With an officer from the Local Offer as his sound man, he filmed a wide variety of events demonstrating Norfolk’s commitment to co-production.
In the film, Family Voice Norfolk with the Local Authority and Health colleagues are seen working together to improve services for children and young people with SEND, while the voices of young people themselves focus on the issues that most concern them.
The film was fun to make and stands as a continuing pledge of Norfolk’s commitment to co-production. Take a look here.Supporting young people with medical needs
Do you have a child with medical needs? Do you have children attending your setting who have medical needs?
There is a new page on the Local Offer website which informs parent carers and school staff about support for children and young people with medical conditions. This page also links to the role of the LA Medical Needs Coordinator and you can find the latest medical needs newsletter at the bottom of that page.Local Offer - SEND section review
Are you a SENCO willing to share good practice?
If so, we are seeking examples of:
- One-page profiles
- Individual Education Plans or similar templates used by SENCOs to record SEN Support
If you have any examples that you would be happy for us to share as resources within the SEND section of the Local Offer website, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.SEN Support Guidance update
Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation on the draft SEN Support Guidance document.
The feedback was considered at a meeting on Monday 16 October, and led to a decision being made that further work needs to be done before it is ready for publication.
A task and finish group has been set up to support the development of more specific information in the SEN Support section in order to clearly detail expectations of SEN Support across the different areas of SEND. This meeting will take place on 15 November 2017.
Norfolk County Council is now aiming to publish 'The Local Offer – the provision the local authority expects to be made available by education providers' in January 2018.Events and training for professionals
There are always lots of events and training opportunities for professionals advertised on the Events and training page on the Local Offer website.
The following new workshops from the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) service for Norfolk and Waveney have been designed to raise awareness and improve outcomes for children and young people.
Mediation awareness training (multi-agency training) will take place on 1 November 2017 at the Woodside Centre Community Hub in Norwich More info and booking
Special educational needs and disabilities training (for health staff) will take place on 10 November 2017 at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich More info and booking
Special educational needs and disabilities training (for health staff) will take place on 13 February 2017 at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth More info and booking
Enquiries to Mark Gower or phone 01502 719500 or 07583 091223
Events for children, young people and parent carers
Finding something for our children to do
Whether you are looking for a regular club for your youngster to attend or a one-off event for a quiet weekend, it can be really time consuming.
The Local Offer has a section devoted to events and fun activities for children and young people including events around cooking and eating, sports, independence building and Christmas.
- As well as the 50+ events currently on offer in the Things to do section there are also links to What’s on at Norfolk Libraries
- Accessible clubs both on the Norfolk Directory and the Go Do Website
- And Accessible sports events on the Active Norfolk website.
And what about parent carers?
If you want to build up our knowledge in order to feel better informed to support our children and young people? In the Support events section of the Local Offer there are currently 20+ events and training courses ranging from learning to sign, supporting behaviour, through to understanding transition and opportunities for having your voice and experiences heard!
Are you running an event or a parent carer who is attending an event?
If so, please could you let us know about the event or training opportunity so that we can promote it, free of charge. It’s easy, just email us at email@example.com with the details and we will do the rest.
Transition training events - Preparing for Adult Life
Preparing For Adult Life – Level 1 and 2 is for young people, parents, carers and professionals across Education, Health, Social Care and other partner agencies involved with the transition planning of young people with additional needs preparing for adult life.
The one-day training is spilt into two parts and attendees can choose to attend one or both parts:
10.00-11.30 - Awareness training
The purpose of this session is to provide a basic understanding of transition planning and the law.
12.00-1.30 - Workforce Development training
The purpose of this session is to promote the legal duties and responsibilities across a multi-agency network of professionals.
The training is being delivered on 10 different dates across Norfolk throughout November and December. Find the venues and further information about how to book on the Events and training page or Support events page on the Local Offer website.
SENCO Forum e-discussion group
The 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability Unit of the Department for Education is asking local authorities to bring the National SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) Forum to the attention of schools, settings and SENCOs .
The Forum provides an opportunity for new and experienced SENCOs and other SEN professionals to:
- discuss issues and share information and practical advice
- receive independent, solution-based support in a collaborative and mutual way
Advice provided is based on the direct experience of SEN professionals, relevant research evidence and national/local policy guidance.
More information about the Forum and joining instructions can be found here.
Gig Buddies, is all about supporting people with a learning disability to access night life. To find out more about the project, you can visit the website here.
The project is currently recruiting for volunteers in the Norwich area who can give two hours per week to attend evening and night-life events with an adult who has a learning disability.Family Voice, Family Chat
Are you the parent of a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)?
Join Family Voice for coffee at their new-style information and feedback sessions.
For their first series, they have invited Norfolk SEND Partnership Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) so you can:
- find out more about SEN Support and EHCP assessments
- tell us about your own experiences of support for your child with SEND
- ask questions in a relaxed setting
- share ideas with other parent carers.
Tuesday 7 November 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Sprowston Diamond Centre, School Lane, Norwich, NR7 8TR
Thursday 9 November 2017, 10.30pm – 12.30pm at Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham, PE37 7AB
Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Attleborough Community Hub, Station Road, Attleborough, NR17 2AT
Thursday 23 November 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Kings Centre, Queen Anne Road, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0LE
If you can come, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text on 07535 895748.Your view on mental health services for children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney
Commissioners from Norfolk County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney are looking to work with local people and stakeholders to shape the future direction of mental health services available for children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney.
They would like to hear from:
- children and young people who use mental health services
- people who work with and for mental health services
- local support and voluntary sector organisations that work with children and young people.
There is an online survey where you can give your feedback about:
- what currently works well
- what the problems are
- how mental health services for children and young people can be improved in the future.
The project team also want to ask these questions directly to groups of young people and stakeholders, and are keen to attend any meetings that are run by or for children and young people.
If you have any meetings you would like someone involved in the project to attend and talk about the survey in coming months, email email@example.com with appropriate details.
ECCH Children's Speech and Language Therapy Survey
East Coast Community Healthcare Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service are currently asking people to complete a short bitesize survey to support their service improvement plans. There are four different surveys which can be completed anonymously if so wished.
Parents and Carers ECCH Children's Speech and Language Therapy Survey - Parents and Carers
Education Professionals ECCH Children's Speech and Language Therapy Survey - Education Professionals
Early Years Professionals ECCH Children's Speech and Language Therapy Survey - Early Years
Health Professionals ECCH Children's Speech and Language Therapy Survey - Health Professionals
These surveys are just one part of the service evaluation process and East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) would really appreciate feedback from a broad range of people accessing our Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service so they identify what is working well and elements they can improve.
Do look out for the ‘Community as Teachers’ events in Spring 2018. These focus groups will run across the service and enable ECCH to understand your experience of using their service in more detail and improvements they can make.
Free Sleep Workshops for Parents
Thanks to funding from the Flux Foundation, Sleep East are delighted to offer a free sleep workshop with follow-on support for exhausted parents in and around the Swaffham area.
The sleep workshop which is on Tuesday 21 November, 1.00 - 3.30pm at Swaffham Children’s Centre, Whitecross Road, PE37 7EF is fun, interactive and covers the following:
- the physiology of sleep
- play Sleep Bingo
- sleep quizzes
- why is my child not sleeping?
- sleep information and strategies
- keeping a sleep diary
- developing a good bedtime routine
- maintaining a good sleep pattern
Unfortunately, we are not able to run a crèche, so are unable to welcome children to the workshop at the Children's Centre.
Follow-on support is offered by our drop-in sleep clinic on Friday 1 December 2017 and Friday 5 January 2018, 10.30 at Swaffham Library, The Pightle, PE37 7DF. Children are most welcome at these Library-based sessions.
Places are limited, so please book as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Upgraded specialist resource base makes the news!
Sprowston Infant School has one of just 24 specialist resource bases (SRBs) in the county which support children with a range of special needs.
SRBs support children with a range of needs, including behaviour, autism and learning difficulties – giving them the opportunity to receive very specialist support and still be part of a mainstream school.
A bare patch of concrete and muddy grass has been transformed into a colourful, sensory outdoor learning space for the children and the ‘Turtle Room’ as also been upgraded with new and improved facilities.
The improvements were paid for by £10,000 from Norfolk County Council and a further £3,500 donated by Norwich music venue, the Brickmakers.
Read the full article hereNew decision-making guidance for EHC needs assessments and plans
New guidance has been published on the Local Offer explaining local authority criteria and thresholds in deciding whether an EHC needs assessment or EHC plan is needed. Schools and all settings (Early Years, Colleges etc) should familiarise themselves with this document and use it as an ongoing reference tool when considering EHC needs assessment requests.
The threshold guidance is written in the context of Norfolk’s higher needs delegated funding model and aligns closely to the expectations of all schools and settings based on their duties under SEN Support as set out in Chapters 4, 5 and 6 of the SEN Code of Practice.
The new guidance is located on the Local Offer and can be found here
The new guidance document will, over the course of this academic year, be supported and supplemented by a range of new documentation including:
- a new EHC plan format and template for Norfolk
- a new and revised annual review report template for schools and settings following the annual review meeting
- a new proforma for schools and settings to make a request for an EHC needs assessment
- publication of the SEN Graduated Approach: Provision the LA expects to be made available from mainstream schools and settings.
Sunbeams Play, a registered charity, provides a fun, safe and caring environment for children and young people up to the age of 19 on or thought to be on the Autistic Spectrum.
Following a recent Ofsted inspection and an Outstanding grade, Sunbeams Play is looking at opportunities to open a second centre in the Norwich area.
Give your information and views here.Golden Futures – Promoting the mutual benefits of employing people with disabilities in Norfolk (Norwich)
The BUILD Charity, working with local businesses, Jobcentre Plus, colleges, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, and Norwich North MP Chloe Smith are hosting an event to raise awareness and understanding of the mutual benefits to employers and employees gained from employing someone with a disability.
The event is targeted at employers and people with disabilities who want to work in their business.
The event will take place on Friday 3rd November at The Forum, Norwich and will be in two parts:
- 8.30am – 11.30am – seminar aimed at employers with presentations from current employers and employees with disabilities sharing their experiences. For a free place at the Employers session please click here.
- 9.30am – 2.30pm – marketplace of employers, training providers, welfare agencies and recruitment agencies on hand to give information. There is no need to book this session.
For more information about the event please email email@example.com
If you would like to submit an article for this newsletter, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Police have named a man who died following a collision on the M69 motorway.
The collision happened at about 10am on Tuesday 10 October on the northbound carriageway, between junctions 1 for the A5 at Hinckley and junction 2 for Sapcote. It involved three vehicles, a breakdown recovery truck, a black BMW 1 Series, and a white Transit van.
The driver of the recovery vehicle, 42-year-old Christopher Hadland, from Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire where he remains in a stable condition.
The passenger in the recovery vehicle was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire and has since been discharged.