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Dear All

An extra SENDspeak this week for two reasons:

1. a correction to the date for the Kingston consultation on Kingston Under 5’s autism/adhd pathway (my mistake!)

2. if you can, please do attend the Richmond SEND Futures workshop style consultations this week. I went this morning – it was very relaxed and informative with a definite sense that parent/carers are being listened to. If you can’t attend, then take the time to complete the on-line consultation (details below)

There is still no magic pot of money; items 3 & 4 will give you more information on this…

1 corrected date: Kingston - Are you a parent/carer of a child with autism?

2 Richmond - SEND Futures consultations this week

3 Recent Council Press Releases relating to SEND Funding

4 Schools Forum

1 corrected date: Kingston - Are you a parent/carer of a child with autism?

Collaborative Review of Kingston under 5’s neurodevelopmental pathway

In layman’s terms, a neuro-developmental pathway is the route from a referral (could be from your GP, or perhaps the school) to a possible diagnosis of autism, adhd or other related ‘neurodevelopmental’ condition.

A collaborative review simply means getting as many professionals AND parent/carers in a room together to discuss what works and what doesn’t, and more…

Personally, as a fan of co-production and collaboration, if you live in Kingston, I recommend attending this review – you will be listened to.

Friday 5th July - 10am to 1pm

Queen Anne Suite, Guildhall, Kingston

“Doreen Redwood, the lead commissioner for children from Kingston and Richmond CCGs, would like to collaboratively review with parents and interested professionals the under 5’s ASD/social communication pathway including:

· what would be helpful to know and do before a child is referred

· clear information on what is happening during the assessment and its possible outcomes

· what additional help and support should be developed and accessible post diagnosis.”

Please email directly to attend the workshop.

2 Richmond - SEND Futures consultations this week

“We would like to hear views about our draft Plan, which sets out how Richmond Council, Achieving for Children and the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group will improve SEND services over the next three years.”

The Consultation and Plan

The online consultation (7 short questions, with links to background reading). The survey starts with bullet points of data that the reader may find helpful.


· The Draft Plan

· An easy-read version of the Consultation

· An easy-read version of the Draft Plan

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th July 2019.

Face to face consultations

“We will also be holding some drop-in events where you can talk to people from the Council, Achieving for Children or Clinical Commissioning Group about the Plan.”

Wednesday 3rd July - 7pm to 8.30pm

Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close (off Ashburnham Road), Ham, TW10 7PL

Thursday 4th July - 1:30pm to 3pm Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY

If you would like to attend one of these events, please register here.

3 Recent Council Press Releases relating to SEND Funding

Kingston Council focused on improving Special Educational Needs services

13th June 2019

“Kingston Council accepts the findings of an independent review carried out to look at services for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in the borough.”

[Richmond] Councillors meet Education Secretary over SEND funding

19th June 2019

“A cross-party group of councillors from Richmond Council met with Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP to press for action to address the funding crisis in special needs education.”

4 Schools Forum

If you want to get down and dirty with the data, a good starting point is the minutes from the Schools Forum meetings. The next Schools Forum will meet in early autumn.


“The Schools Forum consults on:

· the Local Authority’s school funding formula

· specified issues relating to the School’s Budget

· service contracts with a value exceeding specified limits; and

The Forum also makes decisions on various aspects of funding affecting the Schools Budget, such as proposals to meet Special Educational Needs, transport costs, or termination of employment costs from this budget.

The Forum consists of representatives from across the local education sector and usually meets three times a year.”

The last meeting was Tuesday18th June 2019 7:00 pm


“Purpose of committee

Schools Forum has a consultative role in relation to the local distribution of school funding and supports the Local Authority on matters relating to school budgets. Members are drawn mainly from local schools and play a critical role in representing the views of schools in the area, including Academies, maintained schools and early education providers.”

The last meeting was Thursday 20th June 2019 1:30 pm

If you have any questions at all, please ask and I'll do my best to find an answer.

With best wishes, Romany




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