Important Message from Andy Reid regarding Brexit
Please see below an important message from Andy Reid regarding Brexit and its implications for schools.
Good Afternoon Colleagues
We are currently undertaking work to understand the potential impact of a hard Brexit on local government in Dorset, and maintain or increase our resilience. One area that has been highlighted is our schools.
For your convenience there is a link below to the government website. This link will take you to pages that include guidance for schools on preparing for a no deal exit from the EU. Should a ‘no deal exit’ go ahead schools may also want to review their business continuity plans and impact assessments to ensure that they can maintain services.
We, as a Local Authority, need to capture any information about potential vulnerabilities. If there is anything in regard to your school that you believe would fall into that category that is not covered in the guidance please make us aware.
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We’re asking parents of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) tosign up for our new SEND e-newsletter. The newsletter, which launched this week, will feature important information and updates about support and services for children and young people with SEND.
The aim is that it will help us:
- signpost parents to useful information, services and support
- inform parents of any changes to the services we provide
- get feedback on how we can improve our support and services
If you know parents or colleagues who would benefit from receiving this, we would be grateful if you could direct them to dorsetforyou.gov.uk/SENDnews.
Parents and professionals can read the latest editions of the newsletter online, or sign up to get it direct to their inbox.
Joint Revisit Inspection of SEND in the Dorset Local Area by Ofsted and the CQC 11-13 Feb 2019
Dear Colleagues in schools and settings,
Following on from my recent communication concerning the forthcoming Ofsted/Care Quality Commission joint re-visit of Dorset SEND services, the letter from Ofsted outlining the plan for the on-line survey and open meeting is attached. It is really important to note that Ofsted and CQC will only be looking at progress against the following specific areas from the Written Statement of Action (WSOA):
Joint Working. Education, Health & Social Care need to work more closely together.
Timeliness. Education, Health & Care Plans need to be produced more quickly.
Communication. Parents and carers need to be more involved in decision making, and get better help sooner
Monitoring and Quality Assurance. The quality of what is being done needs to be better monitored and, if necessary, challenged to improve.
Can I request that you help us by forwarding the Ofsted/CQC letter to any parent/carer who has an involvement with SEND at any age or level. This should include those benefitting from SEN support. We will send it out directly where possible but we are not yet in a position to communicate electronically with all parents. Your help facilitating the greatest possible distribution of this letter would be greatly appreciated.
Schools and Learning – Dorset County Council
Telephone: 01305 224770
Mobile: 07971 962365
Dorset DT1 1XJ