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Next week, SEND Inquiry, ChatterPack & Exam Stress

Dear All

Let’s keep this brief… there is a lot to cover, so this SENDspeak is highlighting just the things happening immediately after the Easter holidays, plus related articles and links.

More news and events next week 😊 including TAG’s September Transition Fair.

1. Family Matters at RUILS

2. CYPwDLD Richmond (and ASD/ADHD pilot)

3. SEND Inquiry this Wednesday 24th April – 10am

4. Parents meet with Ofsted’s Jonathan Jones HMI to discuss inclusion, SEND and the new inspection framework.

5. ChatterPack (for SEND)

6. “The 'untold misery' of special needs shortfalls”

7. Listening to the Views of Parents: Parent Consortium (Kingston)

8. NHS Ability

9. Supporting Kids and Teens with Exam Stress in School

1 Family Matters at RUILS

“Family Matters at RUILS are holding a talk for parents on Sensory Processing Difficulties on:

Tuesday April 23rd - 10 am to 1pm

The DAAC, 4 Waldegrave Road, TW11 8HT

It is presented by Karen Garner, Director of The Sensory Smart Child Ltd. Karen will be talking about sensory integration and practical strategies that can be used with children and young people who have Sensory Processing Difficulties.”

The event below is this coming Tuesday and, having just checked the bookings link, it says ‘sold out’ – however if you are interested, please contact RUILS direct.

Surabhi Dhondiyal T: 07376277779



Linda Campbell-Arthur T: 07903633326 E:

Please note that the Eventbrite link below also details future events being held by RUILS which readers may also find helpful (scroll to the bottom of the page)

To book a place, click the following link:

2 CYPwDLD Richmond (and ASD/ADHD pilot)

CYPwDLD = Children & Young People with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

In Richmond, also on Tuesday 23rd April, from 7pm is the CYPwDLD Partnership Forum. The meeting is open to observers as well as members. Agenda and paperwork is here:

ASD/ADHD Pilot Agenda item 7 is: Richmond Local ADHD / ASD Diagnostic Pathway Pilot Report. The purpose of the report is to:

“To provide information on the performance of the Richmond local pilot ASD/ADHD Neuro

Development Assessment service provided by the Emotional Health service in Achieving

for Children”

Whilst this was initially a pilot programme in Richmond, it’s success (and the fact that the commissioner now covers Kingston borough) means that it is soon to be launched in Kingston. You can read the report through the link above; go to the Reports Pack and it is on pages 17-20.

3 SEND Inquiry this Wednesday 24th April – 10am

The SEND Inquiry was launched on Wednesday 18th April 2018 to explore the success (or not) of the SEND Reforms (2014 to 2018). The oral evidence is on-going and anyone can still submit written evidence. Find the link (and everything about the Inquiry) here:

…this Wednesday 24th April – 10am

The next set of oral evidence comes from Ofsted, CQC, an Inspector, a Lawyer and an Ombudsman…

· Gill Jones, Deputy Director of Early Education, Ofsted

· Jonathan Jones, HMI, Specialist Adviser, SEND, Ofsted

· Professor Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector for Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care, CQC (Care Quality Commission)

· Nigel Thompson, Head of Children’s Health and Justice, CQC

· Alison Fiddy, Chief Executive, IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice)

· Imogen Jolley, Head of Public Law, Simpson Millar

· Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

On the day, you can watch the evidence session live:

4 Parents meet with Ofsted’s Jonathan Jones HMI to discuss inclusion, SEND and the new inspection framework.

This is the same Jonathan Jones HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) that will be giving evidence to the SEND Inquiry this coming Tuesday.

Claire Ryan, a parent of young people with SEND, wrote an open letter to Amanda Speilman (HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills) which was published by Special Needs Jungle on 2nd March 2019

As a result, parents met with Jonathan Jones, HMI to discuss their concerns around Ofsted’s draft inspection framework and the impact this could have on some of our most vulnerable learners. (It might be worth noting that at least two of the parents attending this meeting are local to Kingston and Richmond)

You can read Claire’s full report here:

5 ChatterPack (for SEND)

And Claire is very busy indeed… here is a new resource from Claire (and others?) called ChatterPack:

“We're Coming Soon!

Engaging, practical, easy to use resources for children and young people with special educational needs. For details on our releases and exclusive discounts, PLUS information, articles, details of online SEND CPD chats and for everything SEND related!”

Sign up here:

6 “The 'untold misery' of special needs shortfalls”

Published 15th April

In between climate change protests and Brexit, there is a steady stream of articles on this theme. So a reminder that the national SEND Crisis march is on 30th May; more in the next SENDspeak.

“Large funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are causing "untold misery" for thousands of families, a teaching union says.

National Education Union analysis found spending was not keeping pace with rapidly increasing demand in nearly all (93%) of England's local councils.

It said between 2015 and 2018, the number of special needs care plans grew 33%, while funding rose only 6%.”

7 Listening to the Views of Parents: Parent Consortium (Kingston)

These are tough financial times (as we all know), and working directly with parents and carers should mean that the Councils and statutory services make informed decisions about their difficult choices… this is a chance to work directly with those decision makers.

“This is an invitation to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and or a disability (SEND) in Kingston. Through the link you will find… “a letter from Councillor Diane White, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services including Education.”

8 NHS Ability

“NHS UK are refreshing the autism pages. They would like to hear from autistic people and family carers before the pages go live.”

Have your say via the link below. The link takes you to a pre-live page with ‘buttons’ on topics from ‘what is autism’ to ‘related conditions’ to ‘where to get support’.

This is a national site, so may be general, but it will certainly be better for direct feedback – please take the time to have a look.

9 Supporting Kids and Teens with Exam Stress in School

“This fun, interactive workbook offers parents and professionals tried and tested techniques to support children dealing with exam stress, with chapters focused on lifestyle management (exercise, diet, work-fun balance), CBT tools (relaxation, positive self-talk, thought challenging) and other psychological methods (such as mindfulness).”

There is also a complete chapter on exam stress and SEND, with ADHD and ASD in mind.

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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