20th May 2020 SEND Info

Returning to school

This is a thorny and difficult subject for families all over Hertfordshire and beyond.  This week there have been even more guidance documents issued by the DfE and other government departments around this.
There is one for parents https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
Our view at HPCI is that the decision whether to send your child back to school is one that each individual family has to consider and assess the risks according to their own circumstances. We will be working with HCC to ensure that parents have the right information in place to do that. Each school will have to look at this in relation to the size and layout of buildings, classrooms etc that they have and what staffing they are able to provide.  Each school will be different and will have to communicate their decision and actions directly to the families attending their school.

Herts Educational Psychology Service – returning to school – parent views sought

The Educational Psychology Service are creating a resource to help schools support the well-being of children and families in the return to school. To make sure this is matching the needs of parents, they would like to hear from parents about any concerns you have and the support you would be interested in receiving. This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://app.sli.do/event/l9wyw5z8

REMINDER – HPCI survey still open – tell us how it’s going

So far 300 parents have responded which is great BUT we would really like it to be 500.  Please share this link with other SEND parents you are in contact with.  The survey looks at how schools and education settings have been communicating and supporting your child, what your concerns are, how free school meals and using IT for home schooling are working.  We will use information anonymously to raise issues with Herts County Council and seek solutions.  Survey closes Monday 25th May.
Find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HPCIcovid

Family Fund

The Government has announced that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3m in 2020-21. This includes £10m which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs
The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have disabilities or severe medical conditions to help with the cost of equipment, goods or services – from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.
You can find out more about the Family Fund here: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/