Latest SEND news

Here are the latest updates, news and activities about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brent.  

 

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.    

December 2018 - Brent publishes new strategy for SEND

Brent has set out its vision and priorities for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the next three years. The authority's new SEND strategy, which has been co-produced with parents, head teachers, local services and voluntary groups, highlights the improvements and progress the authority has made, as well as the key challenges that lie ahead. Read our strategy.

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 hatty.besley@brent.gov.uk or administrator Sharon St-Louis at sharon.st-louis@brent.gov.uk

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. 

View flyer for session times and venues

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.  

View flyer for more details about the event

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:

  • Mencap
  • 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.

View flyer for more details about the event

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.

View flyer for more details

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). 

View flyer for more details

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 bhavna.bilimoria@brent.gov.uk by the beginning of May 2018.

 

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 educationalpsychology.service@brent.gov.uk

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

View flyer for more information

 

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

View letter for more information

 

 

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: