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Personalisation – supporting people to live a full life that makes sense

You are invited to attend a Personalisation webinar via Microsoft Teams on the 11th or 17th November (the same webinar will be repeated on both days).

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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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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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Trial to make non-binding decisions about health and social care aspects of EHC plans

In April 2018, the Department for Education began a national trial to extend the powers of the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals, and make non-binding decisions about, health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans. The Trial was due to end on 31st August 2020.

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What do you think about the government’s proposals for children and young people to begin returning to school or college from June?

Linked to the information above, the Prime Minister has set out a recovery strategy to begin bringing the country out of the lockdown measures that were imposed to help protect us all from the Coronavirus.

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Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1st June 2020

On 11th May 2020, the Government published information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1st June 2020.

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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

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COVID-19 testing for parent carers

Unpaid carers such as parent carers with disabled children have now been added to the list of essential workers and those prioritised for COVID-19 testing in England.

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Insight and evidence on the impact of lockdown on families with disabled children

On Friday 1st May, Contact launched a survey through the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) to help them gain more insight and evidence on the impact of lockdown on families with disabled children. The findings will be shared with government to influence their actions on the pandemic and beyond.

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Self-employed encouraged to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus support

From Monday, HMRC are beginning to contact those self-employed people who may be eligible for government support through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.