Latest SEND news
Here are the latest news and updates about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brent.
August 2019 - Supported internship vacancies for young people and adults with SEND
There are currently a number of supported internship vacancies for young people and adults with moderate learning disabilities on Project SEARCH programmes for September 2019.
To be eligible to apply, young people and adults must be aged between 17 and 24 and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan from their local authority or be in the process of obtaining one. Applicants must also be capable of travelling independently or be willing to be trained to do so.
The vacancies would suit people who have recently graduated from school or further education college or who are or who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). To apply, email the contact/s listed below. Further information about each programme can be found in the 2019 Guide to Supported Internships in West London.
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at the Hilton Hotel Heathrow T5 at Poyle, near Colnbrook, SL3 0FF. Contact Caroline Lowe at caroline.lowe@Hilton.com or Steve Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at GSK HQ in Brentford and Hounslow Council. Contact Lorna Misra at email@example.com or Nicky Bitar at Nicky.Bitar@hounslow.gov.uk
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at L’Oréal HQ and Hammersmith Town Hall. Contact Luke Dinsmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth. Contact Luke Dinsmore at email@example.com
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at Kensington Town Hall and Imperial College. Contact Rachel Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Project SEARCH Supported Internship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in Holborn. Contact Phillip Vaughan at email@example.com
July 2019 - Summer holiday playschemes and activities for SEND
Looking for information about summer holiday playschemes that cater for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? Then look at the guide compiled by Brent Children and Families Information Service (CFIS) for details of school and privately-run schemes, activity camps and programmes at local sports centres.
Roundwood Youth Centre is also hosting a summer holiday programme for children and young people aged five to 19 years old (up to 25 years old with SEND). Activities range from sport, skills workshops and art, to play sessions, dance and music. In addition, Brent Connexions (Prospects) is providing free careers advice and information sessions for 16 to 19 years old (up to 25 with SEND).
July 2019 - Brent launches new transition guide for young people with SEND
A new guide to help parents and carers support their child as they approach adulthood, has been launched by Brent Council. Written in partnership with Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF), the booklet is for parents/carers of young people aged 0 to 25 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan, or those without a plan who receive additional SEN support in school. It has information and advice about:
- Post-16 pathways that can lead to employment, higher education or training
- How to prepare young people for independent living
- Local housing options, including housing benefits and social care support
- Continuing care services that can support young people as they move into adulthood
- How to support young people to participate in society, maintain friendships and take part in activities
- Lifestyle choices, based on young peoples' interests and personal requests
- Welfare benefits, personal budgets and direct payments
- Useful contacts and websites
June 2019 - Get support from Brent's parent carer forum
Brent Parent Carer Forum meets again later this month when the focus will be on occupational therapy. Come along on 27 June and meet staff from Brent's Disabled Children and Young People's Service (0-25) and get information about disability and adaptation grants. You will also be able to book one-to-one appointments with the service. Brent Parent Carer Forum is run by parents of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and is the ideal place to get advice and share experiences with others.
May 2019 - Join parents at our next SEND support meeting
Come along to the next meeting of Brent Parent Carer Forum on Thursday 23 May and get advice and information about services for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and share your experiences with others parents and carers. Put forward your ideas about how the forum can support you and your family, and find out more about the development of a local SEND charter. Pre-bookable appointments are also available with Brent's Disabled Children and Young People's Service O-25. See flyer for more information.
April 2019 - Events to mark World Autism Awareness Week
Information talks, interactive discussions and early years sensory activities are being held at Wembley Library to mark World Autism Awareness Week from 1 to 7 April. Get advice and support from professionals who work with children and young people with autism, and share your experiences with other parents. See poster for further details. Brent Children and Families Information Service will also be holding a stand with information about autism. Come and visit them from 10am on Tuesday 2 April in board rooms 3 and 4 at the Civic Centre.
March 2019 - Education, employment and training event for 16 - 25 year olds
Calling all 16 to 19 year olds in Brent (or up to 25 if you've got learning difficulties or disabilities). Are you thinking about training or employment, or are you interested in an apprenticeship or university? Whatever route you may be considering, come along to an event at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 6 March 2019 and get careers advice and information about a wide range of options from local training, employment and education providers.
February 2019 - Join other parents at our SEND forum meeting
Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF) will be meeting again on Thursday 28 February 2018. If you look after a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities, come along and share experiences with other Brent parents and get information and support from friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. View invite for more information.
February 2019 - Emotional wellbeing and mental health event
Find out more about how you can achieve better emotional wellbeing and mental health at a free event for parents and carers at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 12 February. View flyer for more information.
February 2019 - Give us your views on local SEND services
Give us your views about services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by taking part in Brent Parent Carer Forum's (BPCF) annual survey.
Responses will be fed back to Brent Council and Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help both organisations plan and deliver more effective and efficient local provision for parents, carers and family members who look after children and young people with additional needs.
The survey builds on valuable information that parents have already provided to BPCF over the past two years as part of the group's partnership work with local service providers. What are your family's experiences of using services in Brent? What has improved or are their still gaps in provision? Let us know by completing the survey here before 11 March 2019.
If you would like a paper copy or need help completing the survey, please contact Carol Foyle on 07852 101492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed surveys received before 1 March will be entered into a free prize draw.
January 2019 - Brent Parent Carer Forum's first meeting of the new year
If you look after a child or young person aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), why not get advice, support and friendship in 2019 from Brent Parent Carer Forum? Run by parent volunteers who have children with SEND themselves, the group meets regularly to share information and provide a listening ear. Independent from Brent Council, the group also works closely with local organisations to improve services in Brent for children and young people with additional needs, based on feedback from its members. Why not come along to their meeting on 22 January and find out how they can support you and your family in the year ahead.
View flyer for more information (.pdf, 394.8kB)
December 2018 - Paediatric therapies in the spotlight
Come along to Brent Parent Carer Forum's last meeting of 2018 on Thursday 13 December and find out how a range of local paediatric therapy services can support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Guest speakers will include health professionals from speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. There will also be a chance to chat to other parents of children with SEND and find out the forum's plans for supporting families in the year ahead.
View more details about the meeting (.pdf, 263.1kB).
November 2018 - New Early Years SENCO meetings at the Civic Centre
In addition to training and nursery visits, Brent’s Early Years Inclusion Support Team (EYIST) is now co-ordinating termly Early Years SENCO meetings at the Civic Centre. These are an opportunity for SENCOs from schools, private, voluntary and independent pre-school settings and childminders to network, receive borough updates, share good practice and receive continuing professional development, designed specifically for those working with pre-school children. Places can be booked via BestBrent at http://www.bestbrent.co.uk/ For further details email team leader Hatty Besley at email@example.com or administrator Sharon St-Louis at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2018 - Educational psychology parent drop-in sessions
Brent Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is continuing to offer free parent drop-in sessions once every half term. Parents who live in the borough can book a 45-minute slot with an educational psychologist to discuss any areas of concern they may have about their child. This could be behaviour, emotional or social issues or worries about their development or academic progress.
November 2018 - Next meeting of Brent Parer Carer Forum
If you live in the borough and look after a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), why not come along to the next meeting of Brent Parent Carer Forum on Monday 12 November for an opportunity to meet other parent carers and get advice and support about SEND-related issues.
October 2018 - Transition, education and employment event for young people and adults with SEND
Brent Connexions service is holding its annual ‘Branching Out’ event at the Civic Centre on 24 October for young people and adults with SEND aged 12 to 24.
Thinking about going to college, looking for a job or starting an apprenticeship? Then pop in anytime between 1pm and 6pm to get advice about your options and talk to employers and further education providers supporting transition and providing opportunities for young people with SEND.
This year’s providers include:
- Brent Carers
- Disability rights groups
- Employment support organisations
- Local colleges and training providers
- Education and social care services from Brent Council
There will be a series of workshops covering areas including supported internships, Access to Work funding, volunteering and the transition process. Careers advisers will also be available on the day and there will be the opportunity to experience virtual reality careers programmes.
October 2018 - Brent Disability Forum meeting
Interested in learning about and championing the needs of people with disabilities and mental health needs? Then come along to the next meeting of Brent Disability Forum on Wednesday 10 October 2018.
September 2018 - Next meeting of Brent Parent Carer Forum
Come along to Brent Parent Carer Forum's next meeting on Thursday 27 September and get expert advice and information about what benefits and other support you may be entitled to if you have a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
July 2018 - New powers for the first-tier tribunal (SEND)
The Government is extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of education, health and care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial.
The tribunal’s extended powers will apply to local authority decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018 and will run for two years.
Previously, the tribunal had no powers over the health and social care aspects of an EHC plan. Now, all elements of a plan can be reviewed in one place as long as there is an education concern.
This gives families a ‘one stop shop’ (or single route of redress) to be able to raise concerns about an EHC plan and will mean that the tribunal can take a more holistic, person-centred view of the needs of the child or young person.
For further information read our briefing note
July 2018 - 'Good' rating for children's services in Brent
Children's services in Brent have been rated 'good', their best-ever assessment, following a recent inspection by Ofsted. Read more
June 2018 - Upcoming information events for families of children with SEND
Come along to a meeting at CVS Brent in Wembley on 21 June and find out more about local childcare options for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Jane Stewart from Brent’s Children and Families Information Service (CFIS) will be on hand at the event to give advice, answer questions and get your views about local childcare provision.
Then on 17 July there is the opportunity to hear from a clinical psychologist about the benefits of mindfulness and wellbeing at an event at the Village School in Kingsbury.
Both meetings are being hosted by Brent Parent Carer Forum (BPCF), the borough’s independent support group for families of children and young people with SEND.
May 2018 - Help develop a borough-wide strategy for SLCN
Parents and carers are invited to have an input into how Brent can best support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) at an event at The Village School in Kingsbury on Thursday 17 May.
April 2018 - SEND survey
Let us know your views about local SEND provision, and help providers plan for the future, by completing Brent Parent Carer Forum's survey before 5 May.
April 2018 - Brent SEND inspection: update
Find out what progress is being made by Brent Children’s Trust to further improve the effectiveness of the local area’s SEND provision, following last year’s inspection.
March 2018 - Views sought on Brent's Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEND, in consultation with parents and providers.
This funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools, early years settings and further education colleges, or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25. The allocation for Brent is £569,222 for each of the years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, a total of £1,707,666.
The government requires local authorities to complete and publish a short plan that sets out how they intend to invest their allocation, which is accessible to parents, carers and other local groups. Brent's plan aligns with our School Place Planning Strategy (July 2017) and the local authority's Educational Needs and Disability Strategy.
Our plan will be developed and updated annually as new needs emerge. Please send your views and comments to email@example.com by the beginning of May 2018.
- View Brent's Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
- View further information about Brent's Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
March 2018 - Educational Psychology Service drop-in sessions
Brent Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is offering parent drop-in sessions once every half term. All parents of children who live in Brent can book a 45-minute slot with an educational psychologist to discuss any areas of concern e.g. behaviour, emotional or social issues or worries about development or academic progress.
These are free, stand-alone sessions and there is no commitment to attend any follow-up. However, the educational psychologist will be able to give you information about services and/or provide strategies to support you and your child.
There is limited capacity and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so booking is essential. Parents and schools should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings will open one month prior to the drop-in dates below:
- Tuesday 15 May 2018 from 9am to 12 noon at Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Green, NW10 3NT
- Tuesday 12 June 2018 from 9am to 12 noon at Kilburn Grange School, Priory Park Road, NW6 7UJ
- Tuesday 10 July 2018 from 9am to 12 noon, Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School, 21 Park Avenue, NW2 5AN
March 2018 - SEND information day at Wembley Learning Zone
Local services for families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities are the focus of an all-day event in Wembley on Thursday 22 March.
Come along and meet providers and get information about early years support, education, health, transition and much more.
- Find out about services in Brent for 0 to 25-year-olds and how to access them
- Chat to other parents and carers
- Meet representatives from Brent Parent Carer Forum and hear about how they can support you
March 2018 - Transition to adulthood event for young people with SEND
Come and join students and parents for an information evening at Whitmore High School in Harrow from 5 - 7pm on Tuesday 20 March.
Supported by Harrow and Brent Paediatric Therapy Services, this is a great opportunity for young people with SEND, and their parents, to find out about the options that available to them.
- Hear from young people with additional needs who have made the transition into further and higher education or adult services
- Get information about employment, transport, housing and benefits
- Meet representatives from colleges, universities and other companies
March 2018 - Latest SEND newsletter
Read our newsletter for the latest SEND updates
Friday 2 March 2018 - SEN transport
Harrow and Brent SEN Transport are cancelling all transport on Friday 2 March and will be informing parents and schools accordingly.
February 2018 - Brent Parent Carer Forum meeting
Harrow and Brent SEN Transport are cancelling all transport on Friday 2 March and will be informing parents and schools accordingly.
February 2018 - Half term SEND activities at Roundwood Youth Centre
Activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being held at Roundwood Youth Centre next week.
November 2017 - Brent SEND Inspection
The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of Brent’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision between 15 and 19 May 2017 to gauge how effectively the area is delivering improvements following the introduction of new reforms in 2014.
The inspection team found significant strengths in the local area’s services, as well as key areas that require improvement. As a result, the local area partnership led by Brent Council and NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been required to produce a written statement of action.
This statement, which has been co-produced by parents, carers and professionals, sets out how the council and the CCG will improve the effectiveness of the local area in identifying and meeting needs and improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
View the inspection letters and our action plans below: