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BPC’s returning to school parent carer survey

Bristol Parent Carers ran a ‘Return to School’ survey in September to gather feedback about what the preparation for the return to school after the summer was like for families.

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Draft funding process to enable schools and other educational settings to access additional funding

Bristol City Council is carrying out early engagement on the draft funding process for schools and other education settings to access additional funding (High Needs Block funding), to try to make sure the draft process is clear and accessible.

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New online portal for families with SEND

Bristol City Council are developing a new online portal for families with special educational needs and disability (SEND), to view the progress of their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

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Letter from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

BPC has received a copy of an open letter from Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. We have been asked to share the letter with children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers, and those who work to support them.  

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Returning to school – how was it?

Bristol Parent Carers would like to know about your experience of your children returning to school.

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Back to school – information and advice

We know that for many, the thought of your child going back to school after months of being at home will be worrying. You may have concerns about what your child’s school day will look like in September and how they will cope with any changes, or you might be worried about how your son […]

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Possibility of significant new funding to improve Bristol special schools

Please see the attached a letter outlining plans to take a proposal to Cabinet next month in the hope of unlocking £28 million in funding to improve current special schools, as well as significantly increasing the number of specialist provision places in new and refurbished buildings for students with SEND.

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SEND webinar: The legal rights of children and young people with SEND returning to school in September

Polly Sweeney, Partner at Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP, Steve Broach, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and Alice Irving, Barrister joining Doughty Street Chambers from September 2020, will be delivering a free webinar from 1.30pm – 2.45pm on 23rd July 2020 on the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities […]

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COVID-19: CDC – Frequently asked SEND support questions during the coronavirus pandemic

Each week, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is posting a new set of FAQs from parent carers and professionals in response to questions they have been receiving relating to SEND issues experienced nationally during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Temporary changes to SEND law

On 29th June 2020, the Secretary of State issued a notice to extend the temporary changes to the law on what provision has to be made currently for those with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.