Services for children

SEND bulletin 14 December

Dear SENCo’s

With the term drawing to a close, I would like to thank you for all your hard work in supporting our children with additional needs. I have heard so many positive comments from therapists, teachers, EHCCos, and parents.

I am aware of the demands that have been placed on you by the day to day running of the school, as well as trying to manage challenges outside of your control such as the lack of capacity within services. Along with Lead SENCos, I have shared the challenges schools face with ESCAN service leads. They are exploring alternative approaches to make their work and support more aligned with the current needs of schools. I look forward to updating you on this work in the new year.

It has been great to work with so many of you this term, thank you so much for your contributions and reflections during network meetings and workshops. I look forward to continuing to work together next term.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a well-deserved break.

Warm wishes,


Anxiety workshop for school leaders

The training is a two-hour remote introduction to anxiety for schools, developed and presented by an educational psychologist, aiming to cover:

  • What is anxiety?
  • What might anxiety look like?
  • What can we do to support anxiety?

This workshop is aimed at senior leaders, they will have access to the resources so that they can run the session with school staff. Book today

SENAS structure

View the ESCAN – SENAS structure

Ofsted and inclusion – Workshop for headteachers and senior leaders

This session will cover:

  • Discussion of Ofsted’s expectations regarding inclusion
  • Reflection on how your school ensures that ‘Inclusion is everyone’s business’
  • Hearing from schools who have recently been inspected
  • Sharing key questions, you might be asked

Book today

Ealing parent carer forum short breaks transport survey 2021

Ealing Parent Carer Forum (EPCF) and its partners (Contact, Ealing Mencap, ISAID, PESTS, The Log Cabin) would like to hear from you about your child/young person's transport to and/or from short breaks provision.

The provision of transport to access these services may have changed during Summer 2021 so we are asking about your experiences both before and after this time to see how your child/young person may have been affected.

Short breaks might include after school clubs, sports activities, The Log Cabin, or any other structured opportunity for parents and carers to have someone else look after their child/young person with additional needs for a short period of time and, in some cases, might include overnight care.

The children with disabilities team are responsible for social care for children/young adults with additional needs up to the age of 18 in Ealing. They will conduct the initial assessment of your and your child/young person's needs to identify your eligibility for short breaks support.

This survey will take just a few minutes to complete and will only remain open until Friday 17 December so please complete asap and tell your friends.

Any questions please contact:

Winter holiday activities and food (HAF) programme

Professionals can now apply for children and young people who are vulnerable and would benefit from attending the HAF programme but do not meet the benefits-related free school meals criteria. You will need to complete an application to apply for them to be able to access the Winter HAF programme.

Primary special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCO) network meeting

The next primary SENCO meeting will take place on:

Date: Thursday 20 January 2022
Time: 2-4pm

High school special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCO) network meeting

The next secondary SENCO meeting will take place on:

Date: Thursday 13 January 2022
Time: 2-4pm

Primary subject leaders workshop on inclusive practice

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on inclusive QFT practice within your subject. You will have a chance to share good practice and identify your next steps in ensuring your subject area is meeting the needs of all children. If possible, try to attend the workshop with another subject leader from your school so you can discuss practice together and ensure plans for developing practice are aligned.

Additional resource provision (ARP) network meeting

The next ARP meeting will take place on:

Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022
Time: 2-3.30pm

Speech and language therapy

On our new page you will find:

  • An outline of our service provision in mainstream schools
  • Our buy-in service provision
  • Up-to-date referral forms for primary and high schools
  • Communication checklists to monitor speech and language support in your classrooms
  • Information to pass on to parents about speech and language advice and support – including our advice line, Facebook page and YouTube channel
  • Groups running in children centres to support the children in your EYFS who need support with their communication skills.

Sensory spaces

Sensory spaces in schools booklet is based on research evidence and therapists’ professional experience of working with schools. This booklet is intended to be used by school staff and may be beneficial for schools who are looking to develop, or to make changes to, a designated sensory space within their school or classroom.

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Last updated: 15 Dec 2021