Ofsted & CQC to conduct visit of Sefton’s SEND services
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of Sefton’s Special Educational Needs or Disability Services, following the previous inspection that took place in November 2016.
This re-visit will take place between Monday April 15 and Wednesday April 17, 2019
During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible to gather their views on the service offered.
To view the letter to parents and carers see attachment.
Children, young people, parents and carers can engage with the re-visit process and contribute their views through an online survey and a face-to-face open meeting.
Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this internet link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SeftonRe-VisitLASEND/.
The survey will open at 12 noon on Monday 08 April 2019 and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 April 2019.
An open meeting will take place on Monday 15th April 2019, 4pm to 6.30pm, at the Sefton PDC, 25 Park Rd, Formby, Liverpool L37 6EW. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum to request details of how to be part of the discussions between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC re-visit team.
Little Squirrels in Formby, honoured for changing the lives of children with speech and language difficulties
Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School, has been highly commended in the Early Years Setting of the Year category for their excellent work developing children’s communication skills at the UK-wide 2019 Shine a Light Awards organised by learning company Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust.
The Shine a Light Awards, which took place at Pearson’s headquarters in London, celebrate innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication development. They also recognise the hard work and determination of children and young people who have some form of long-term and persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Language and communication abilities in the area have historically been of concern and in response to this, Redgate Community Primary School developed their own nursery provision, Little Squirrels, recognising the vital importance of early intervention. Two years on and due to their outstanding work in speech and language development, children are achieving great heights!
Thanks to the early years team, which comprises of specialist trained language champions and teachers, Little Squirrels has become a sought-after early years provision. With children being assessed during home visits, transition visits and on starting nursery and reception, all children are offered appropriate support from the outset with the early years provision itself providing an environment that ensures all children make progress. Little Squirrels at Redgate has even been awarded ELKLAN’s Communication Friendly Setting accreditation.
Thinking outside of the box using different strategies and ideas, children at the early years provision develop their skills in a fun and interactive way with staff also dedicating time and resource to support parents and carers. Together with providing informative posters on how they can support their children’s learning and communication development, the team sets special family learning challenges such as trips to the local beach.
Louise Dean, Early Years Lead from Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be awarded highly commended for the Shine a Light Early Years Setting of the Year Award. A child’s earliest years are a crucial stage in their language and communication development, and so our early years team are dedicated to ensuring that our youngest learners are equipped with the language and communication skills they need to become successful lifelong learners and skillful communicators. Winning this award has empowered our team to truly believe that our child centered ethos, along with skillful interactions from adults is having a positive impact on the lives of our children.”
Sally Phillips, Host of the 2019 Shine a Light Awards, said: “Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School provides fantastic childcare. As a nation, it is vital that we ensure that all children have the opportunity to express themselves, particularly when this ability has a profound impact on our future life chances.
“The amazing winners and highly commended finalists of the Shine a Light Awards prove what a difference we can make if we become informed, impassioned and engaged in the speech language and communication needs of those around us. Little Squirrels at Redgate isn’t just changing the lives of their children in their community but also across the UK. I have seen for myself the huge difference expert intervention and support provides for children, like my son, Olly, particularly at a time where we face a nationwide shortage of speech and language therapists.”
For further information about the Shine a Light winners and highly-commended finalists, visit www.shinealightawards.co.uk and follow us on Twitter #awards_SAL.
Determined Admissions Arrangements 2020/2021
Sefton Local Authority Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes and Determined Admission Arrangements for Sefton Local Authority Schools and Academies for 2020-21 has been published on the Sefton Website since 14 March 2019.
These include the Primary and Secondary admission schemes, which provide the application and allocation framework and associated deadlines, as well as the admission numbers and policies for Sefton Local Authority Schools and Sefton Academies. These can be accessed on the Sefton Council website via this link https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/school-admissions/school-admissions-policy-and-reports.aspx
NB – Notice for Voluntary Aided Schools
All Voluntary Aided schools, who are their own admission authority, should have now determined their admission arrangements for 2020-21 via the school’s Governing Body. If any changes have been made to your admission arrangements for 2020-21, you MUST submit a copy of the revised admissions policy to the Local Authority ASAP (if you have not already done so) for inclusion within the School Admissions Guide for Parents which will be published in September 2019.
If you do not supply details of any revised arrangements to the LA, your current admissions policy will be published again in September 2019.
Individual Admissions Authorities must also publish their Admissions Policy on their own school website.
If you consider that the admission arrangements of a Local Authority maintained school or an academy do not comply with the School Admissions Code, or other legislation relating to school admissions, it is still possible to make an objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA). Any objection must be submitted by 15 May 2019.
Details of how to complete the school admissions objection form are given on the School Adjudicator’s site https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/objection-to-school-admission-arrangements
Principal Admissions Officer