Keep up to date with what's happening in Newham. Here you'll find the latest news and updates.
Ofsted and the CQC have announced a joint area inspection of Newham for children and young people with SEND. Please continue to visit this area for the latest updates.
Newham’s WSoA approved by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
Newham’s Written Statement of Action (WSoA) in response to the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission has been approved as fit for purpose by both organisations. Area Partnership.
A robust plan of action set out in the WSoA, to improve services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities (SEND), was submitted to Ofsted and the CQC last month. The wide-reaching plan led by the Local Area Partnership (made up of Newham Council, health partners, schools/education settings and Newham Parents Forum) has been developed with the support of young people, along with their parents and carers.
Independent facilitation from SEND4CHANGE has supported the development of the WSoA through focused workshops with partners, parents and feedback from young people. It sets out how the partnership plans to make improvements against the six priority areas identified in the final inspection report. The council and North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to doing this in partnership and collaboration with educational settings, other agencies, young people, parents and carers. The plan will be delivered alongside the coming SEND and Inclusion Strategy, which will be launched early in the new year. The development of this strategy will be informed by the WSoA consultation process, and ongoing consultation with partners and parents and carers and the findings from the independently chaired Newham SEND Commission, which launched in May 2021.
Newham Family Challenge - Parents contribution to Newham’s Written Statement of Action (WSoA)
Following the joint area inspection by the CQC and Ofsted, Newham is required to produce a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) by the 21st June 2022. The WSoA will outline the planned actions to improve the six areas of weakness identified in the Ofsted/CQC inspection report.
Newham parents and carers have worked with independent facilitators, SEND4Change to produce the ‘Newham Family Challenge’.
The Newham Family Challenge outlines the actions that parents/families demand from local area partnerships alongside ideas and suggestions for how improvements can be made, this document can be found below.
Parents provided further feedback on the document between the until the 24th May to the 6th of June following the workshops. The final document is attached below.
Newham Parent Challenge Final 14.06.22
As part of the co-production process of the WSoA, SEND4CHANGE also met with a range of young people in schools and colleges. The feedback of young people is also included below.
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Education, Health and Care Plan Requests
The Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process requires a lot of information and professional input over a 20 week period. We have made some changes that should make the experience more efficient and transparent.
A new online request form has been launched for parents, carers and young people, if you decide to apply directly. This new online form will:
- Make it easier to submit a complete request
- Make it clearer what information needs to be provided
- Allow you to attach all relevant documents/reports
- Ensure you don’t miss out any vital information
- Provide an immediate acknowledgement of your request
- Provide an immediate indication of our statutory response time for a decision
- Provide you with an electronic copy of your request
You will find the new online form here. We do, however, recommend that you speak to the SENCo, class/subject teacher or to the principle of the school/college about your concerns before contacting Newham Council. They are able to request an EHC Needs Assessment and are usually in the best position to do so, as they need to provide specific information to support the request. However, if you make a direct request we will of course ensure this information is requested on your behalf from the setting.
Whether you decide to submit a request directly or through the nursery, school or college, it is really important that the child/young person has the opportunity to contribute to the process. This should be done by completing the ‘All About Me Form’. The child/young person may complete it themselves, with support or if necessary it can be done on their behalf. You can download the ‘All About Me Form’ here.
The views, wishes, thoughts and feelings of parents, children and young people are at the heart of this process and we encourage you to share as much as possible with us.
For questions about an ongoing request or the process please contact the SEN Service on 020 3373 6472 or SEN@newham.gov.uk.
Finally we would like to make you aware of the Special Education Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service – SENDIASS. This service is designed to support parents/carers and young people up to 25 years old with issues relating to their SEND rights and provision. You can find more information about this service here, or contact them on 020 3373 0707 or email@example.com.
Parents Carers Survey
Dear Parent Carers,
I hope that you are well and looking forward to half term.
We are inviting you to complete a parents carers survey. This survey forms part of the Newham SEND Commission’s work to capture the voice of children, young people and families in the borough to feed into strategic planning, specifically Newham’s SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2022-27. Newham is committed to improving services for children and young people with SEND.
The survey is a digital survey which can be completed using a computer, smartphone or tablet. If you are using a computer, please open the survey using google chrome.
If you have more than one child who receives SEN support or has an Education, health and Care Plan (EHCP) please complete one survey response each child. Your responses will be completely anonymous.
There will also be an opportunity to complete the survey at the GR8 Day 2 Play Day event being held at Newham Leisure Centre on Saturday 23rd October. To find out more details and to book your place please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gr8-day-2-play-tickets-181591694647
Returning or starting school in September – some hints and tips from the Specialist Educational Support Service:
- Do the walk to the school with your child to familiarise the route and factor in timings, remember Newham is safer streets and schools are restricting vehicle access between key times. For a full list of roads and schools affected please seehttps://www.newham.gov.uk/schools-education/healthy-school-streets/3
- Label, label, label. Remember to label all your children’s clothes, bags, water bottles, shoes, PE Kits, lunch boxes etc. you can buy name tags online or get a sharpie pen and write on the label.
- Uniform- try not to leave it to the last minute, as sizes may be low in stock. You can now get uniform that has Velcro instead of buttons making it easier for children to get on and off. These are available at Next, ASDA, Marks & Spencer’s and Matalan to name a few. Check online for shops near you.
- Make a note of PE days, drama or music days, change of book/library days and pack a bag the night before. This saves time and reduces the stress of getting up and ready that morning.
- Remember Newham offer free school meals to all primary children and free healthy snacks. If your child has allergies speak to the school.
- Prepare your child to go back to school. Speak about the new teacher and remind them of their name, new class name and classroom changes. Be positive and discuss any concerns. Talk about key school routines, unfamiliar words and how they might look.
- dining hall (where we have lunch)
- assembly (all together in the hall)
- playtime (free play in the playground)
- register (teacher calls you and says good morning/afternoon)
HeadStart and School Health are working collaboratively to deliver Your Time to support young people aged 5-18 (up to 25 for young people with SEND).
Your Time provides a young person with a safe and confidential space to connect with one of our friendly and experienced team to help them:
- Understand their thoughts and feelings
- Find ways that help them feel in control in the aspects of life that may be finding difficult
- Work together on a plan that supports them to make resilient moves
- Connect them with other young people and community activities
Your time offers: 12 weekly, 1 hour sessions
If you know a young person who may benefit from Your Time, please contact us by:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Online self-referral: https://newham-self.achieveservice.com/service/COVID19_Youth_Befriending_Referrals
SEND - Have Your Say Day
As part of the SEND improvement board the SEND commission in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Participation Team hosted a SEND Have Your Say Day on Friday 4th June at the new Stratford Youth Zone. This is part of a series of events to consult SEND young people on the services they have been provided. This included Education, Employment, COVID effects, care and support, leisure, independence, and how young people would like to be communicated with. Young people got to take part in a fun filled day with activities based around these topics, they also got to meet other young people, hear their views and make new connections with the youth service.
if you would like to hear about future events please contact Anna.Sandiford@newham.gov.uk
- SEND Contact Us Poster
- Speech and Language Development (Under 5s)
- Parent Advice Phone-In with an Educational Psychologist (EP)
- Newham SEND Local Area Inspection Notification Letter
- Newham SEND Local Area Partnership Self-Evaluation - Nov 2021
- Newham SEND Inspection Press Release
- Joint Area SEND Inspection in Newham
- PANTS rule
- The National Anthem and Royalty
- Newham Family Challenge Document 14.6.22
- Interviews with young people
- Young people voices
- Newham Written Statement of Action - June 2022
- Anti - Racism & Inequality Roundup