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SEN | A week in Review 23rd - 29th November 2020

  1. Government Press release | Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford has announced new research which aims to help bridge the gap between education and employment for young people with SEND. This is a gap that desperately needs further research in the hope that with more understanding, guidance and training, young people with SEND will have a better chance at employment. FULL ARTICLE HERE. 
  2. Some positive news from Yorkshire, where a former head of sixth form and school improvement consultant has opened a specialist college to help address the education gap for students with autism. Having been aware of some 16 – 18 year olds falling out of the education system, Founder Gemma Peebles opened the college to help with extra support to find alternative routes and offer tailored support to maximise these young adults’ capabilities. FULL ARTICLE HERE. 
  3. On the 27th November, the latest update to government guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus outbreak was published. The latest updates include; a new section about local restriction tiers, an updated section on children with health concerns and an updated section on live performances for children’s dance, music and drama to reflect requirements under new local restriction tiers. See the full updated guidance HERE.
  4. Being diagnosed with autism can be a postcode lottery and can be particularly challenging for girls, who do not necessarily display the ‘traditional’ autism traits. We are pleased to see that North East Lincolnshire’s pathway policy has been successfully overturned in this case. FULL ARTICLE HERE. 

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