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  • Portage Home Visiting Service

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    Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with special educational needs and their families.  A Portage Home Visitor will visit on a weekly or fortnightly basis to work with parents/carers on the child’s development; they will also liaise with other relevant professionals…

  • Early Years SEN Advisors - Team

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    Angela Hera - email: angelahera@southend.gov.uk Tel: 01702 534893 - Team Manager Barbara Rayner - email: barbararayner@southend.gov.uk Tel: 01702 534538 Jackie Simpson - email jackiesimpson@southend.gov.uk Tel: 01702 534532 Eileen Sardi - email eileensardi@southend.gov.uk Tel: 01702 534540  

  • Southend Early Autism Support (SEAS)

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    SEAS History Southend Local Authority bought the ‘Good Beginnings’ programme in 2001 from Essex Local Authority and delivered it in Southend on a yearly basis. Staff attended the ‘Train the Trainer’ programme which gave them the tools to be able to deliver the programme professionally.…

  • Local Offer Annual Report

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    Local Offer Annual Report The purpose of Southend’s  Local Offer is to allow children and young people in the borough, who have Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND), to be able to find information in one place. The Local Offer aims to provide clear,…

  • Early Years Special Educational Needs (SEN) Advisors

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    All early years settings including maintained school nurseries, have access to an Early Years SEN Advisor up to the end of Foundation Stage. Angela Hera manages the work of the SEN Early Years Team which includes the Early Years SEN Advisors who support the setting with the…

  • The Role of the SENCO in Early Years Settings

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    Target Audience:  By invitation - Childcare Practitioners working in Nursery and Pre-school Settings (priority will be given to settings who do not have a trained SENCo)  Aim of the Course: To enable childcare staff to undertake the role of the SENCo within an early years…

  • Special Educational Needs Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services

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      SEN mediation and disagreement resolution services are available to parents of children with special educational needs and to young people with special educational needs. The services are free and confidential and are independent of the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group. If it has…

  • What are Special Educational Needs? (SEN)

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    Children learn at different rates and show a great variety in the ways in which they learn best. Teachers take this into account when they organise their lessons. This is known as differentiating the curriculum. However, some children may need extra help because they have…

  • KIDS Participation Training

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    A Young People Led Training Event was held on the 27th October 2017 in Southend.  The aim of this training was to kick start our Participation Journey. KIDS Org. are a national charity, founded over 47 years ago, they provide a wide range of support services to…

  • Special Educational Needs Local Area Peer Review

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    Southend Local Authority commissioned a peer review of SEND support from a team of colleagues from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The review was undertaken on 12th and 13th July 2017 and the findings are included in this report.  The Local Authority identified an overarching focus…