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Special education & disabilities

Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • NHS.uk has factual information on the identification and agreed symptoms associated with ADHD:
  • The ADHD Foundation offers further information but also a range of courses and other resources available to children, parents and staff:
  • Young Minds have produced a range of information and support materials for ADHD

Council for Disabled Children – Advice on Writing Education Health and Care Plans

The Council for Disabled Children has provided a range of Good Practice examples, including specific advice for education professionals on how to write an Education, Health and Care Plan.

There are also links to templates and further guidance.

Department for Education Guidance on Maintaining EHC Plans for 19-25 Year Olds

This document sets out the responsibilities for agencies to maintain EHC plans into early adulthood, as well as respond to requests from those aged 19-25 for a new Plan to be developed on their behalf.

Educational Psychology

The following sites give some basic advice and information on Educational Psychology and what they provide:

IPSEA – Independent Parental Special Education Advice

IPSEA offer advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs.

They also offer training courses that are available to frontline staff working with children and preparing EHC plans

National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society provides a range of advice and guidance specifically for teachers and school staff.

They offer the MY World service, where teachers can register free and receive regular updates and advice by email.

The site includes advice on how to recognise the signs of children who may be on the autistic spectrum, how to support children and young people in the classroom, and how to help children and young people with change and transition.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Advice on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

This site gives a good selection of factual advice and guidance on the identification of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome as well as how best to support children and young people and their families.

SEND Code of Practice

This is the Key Government Guidance document setting out the responsibilities of all agencies in meeting the Special Educational Needs of children and young people, up to the age of 25.

It is expected that the key agencies of Education, Health and Local Authorities will work together and establish Education, Health and Care Plans for all children and young people that require them. This does include children and young people who may be experiencing a mental health problem that is having an impact on their educational outcomes.

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

The Girl with the Curly Hair is a Social Enterprise which supports people on the autistic spectrum as well as those around them. The site offers a range of materials that are available for use as well as training courses and other resources.

The Local Offer

Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. In setting out what they ‘expect to be available’, local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available.

The Local Offer should be easily available on the Local Authority Website.

Guidance on what should be included is available through the SEND Regulations 2014.

 

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