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25th Jun, 2022

Webinar aims to address SEND support method in Warwickshire

A WEBINAR aimed at parents and carers will address Special Educational Needs and Disability support in the county.

Hosted by Warwickshire County Council (WCC), in partnership with Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice, the webinar will focus a support method called the Graduated Approach.

This method is used by schools, SEND support professionals, parents and carers to help a child overcome challenges they may be facing at school.

It is a cycle of support for a specific need using four stages – asses, plan, do and review.

The webinar will explore what this means in practice and how it is used to support children and young people.

The online event is part of a series which aims to help improve the advice and support provided to families of children with SEND.

The webinars have so far covered topics including autism support, the recent area inspection and Education, Health and Care Plans.

They are intended to help parents and carers understand how services are delivered and allow them to ask questions on the subjects that matter to them.

WCC’s Children, Families and Education spokesman Jeff Morgan said: “I hope that Warwickshire residents can join this discussion and use the webinar to ask any questions they may have about the Graduated Approach and SEND support in the county.

“These webinars feed into our ongoing work to improve the outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Warwickshire.”

Tricia Elliott from Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice added feedback on how the Graduate Approach was working in different schools would be valuable.

Last month, campaigners said they remained ‘concerned’ after WCC published its plan to tackle ‘significant areas of weakness’ in SEND services in Warwickshire.

It was published in response to last September’s damning Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, which raised ‘concerns about the effectiveness of the local area’.

The statement explains how WCC and the Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group plan to reduce waiting times for autism diagnoses, strengthen relationships with parents and carers, improve school leaders’ understanding the importance of correct placements, better train school staff to teach youngsters with SEND, and improve the quality of local online support.

The webinar will take place on Teams, from 12pm to 1pm on Wednesday February 9.

Visit https://bit.ly/SENDwebinarFeb for more information.

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