Cheshire East SEND, COVID update (2): Post 16 options, Transition arrangements, Plans for reopening settings,

Last week, parent representatives collated some of your queries and raised a some of your concerns with the SEND partnership.  They have asked us to share their responses with you

The PCF would really welcome your responses, any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, good practice you have experienced, bad experiences that can be learned from… please email cheshireeastpcg@gmail.com

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Post 16 options

We asked the SEND partnership about the Preparing for Adulthood information events that had to be cancelled, and how parents and young people can get information and advice, both generally and individually

Response:  We agree there was great disappointment that the Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) events had to be cancelled. We had so many providers coming, and the message was spread far and wide.  We are looking at how we may offer the same advice but virtually, and will also look at using PFA packs that were developed in 2019 to get this information to our children and young people and their parents and carers

Transition years

We raised specific concerns about how transition arrangements can be adapted for children & young people who will be moving to a new setting in September, as this would usually be well under way by this point. We know that some members have been really pleased with the support they have had from current and / or new settings (given difficult circumstances) however others are feeling like they do not have any support.

Response: We are currently looking at how we can support transition, including for those changing schools/setting. We would like to be able to have something in place as soon as possible, but as you will appreciate, we need to comply with the current government restrictions.  We are considering the potential of virtual tours, video calls to meet new teachers, and information packs if we are unable to support visits, as well as targeted support and information for particular groups. We are having an initial call with schools to discuss ideas and would also welcome any input from parents about what transition support you think would be helpful.

Post 16 transition arrangements for September 2020.  If you have any queries on post 16 or adult services provision for September, please make contact through the email addresses below.  They will coordinate your query and ensure a response.

Reopening schools

We asked for some information about how the SEND partnership is planning to support children & young people to return to their educational settings once they are able to reopen.

Response:  As I am sure you will appreciate until announcements are made on relaxing the current restrictions it is difficult for us to put any plans in place….it will be complex to manage transition back to nursery, school or college as it will take some time to even reinstate transport arrangements safely and ensure social distancing.  As you have stated it is unknown when schools will return.

[we have been assured that once any announcement is made the SEND partnership will work with the PCF to develop local arrangements. If you have any thoughts, concerns, suggestions etc that would really help the parent reps to represent our members better – please email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com or call 07794431768]

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