30th Sept – HPCI parent network – education focused update.

Welcome to our latest parent network update.  This one has an education focus and consists of 7 items including training sessions for parents, support with exclusions, new resources and a national and local survey.

High Needs Funding in mainstream schools training session 2nd October 4pm-5pm 

This is an updated version of the ‘Changes to SEND Funding in Mainstream schools’ training session that was delivered in July.  The session will include updated details of the Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) process and how schools and settings, parents and stakeholders will be involved in the banding process. Find our more information and how to access the session here: HNF Training session.  We realise the time of day is more suitable to schools than parents but a recording of the session will be available via the same link after the event.


Regrettably since the beginning of this term we are hearing about an increasing number of children and young people with SEND who, for a number of reasons, are being either permanently excluded from school or excluded for a fixed period of time.  This can be a very stressful and challenging time for families on top of all the current coronavirus issues.  There are sources of support and information out there for parents and carers that can help.  HPCI has a downloadable booklet for parents which can be found on our website as the third item down on this page Exclusions Booklet

There is also an online Exclusions Hub run by Just for Kids Law which has lots of useful resources and support for families. https://justforkidslaw.org/school-exclusions-hub

Deaf friendly teaching for further education staff

This new resource is available free from the National Deaf Children’s Society Download here

Free E learning on holistic outcomes in EHC plans.                                   

The Council for Disabled Children has launched their Holistic Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans e-learning. This free, self-guided course takes all the key elements from their popular and well-received live training (currently being delivered online) and repackages it into a series of online modules, covering:

  • Aspirations
  • Outcomes from children and young people and family perspectives
  • Outcomes from professional perspectives, including writing SMART outcomes
  • Legal considerations
  • Annual reviews

The course centres on placing children, young people and family-determined aspirations and outcomes at the heart of the plan, and how the different teams and individuals involved should support the development, writing and monitoring of the outcomes.

Top Tips for virtual SEND Tribunal hearings                                                   

For those of you who have a SEND Tribunal case pending these area now being conducted online.   SEN Legal have produced some top tips for virtual hearings at the SEND tribunal which you may find he. Read here.

National Survey – What’s the return to school been like for your family?       

The Disabled Children’s Partnership are asking families with disabled children – what has the return to school been like for your children and you?
It is a short survey and your responses will be used to raise awareness of what is happening for disabled children in schools, health and social care support with the public and relevant ministers and officials.

Local Herts Survey for DSPL 5 area (Welwyn/Hatfield)

This survey is for parents and carers of children who attend nursery, school or college in the DSPL 5 area which covers Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield area.  The aim of the survey is to see how the return to education has gone and what support parents feel is needed in the area.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DSPL5PS2020