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Sufficiency of Specialist places for Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford District

What is this consultation about?

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to keep under review the provision it makes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) whilst also ensuring there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.

Bradford has experienced a significant increase in demand for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in the last 10 years. It is projected that the demand for SEND provision in Bradford will continue to grow and it has been identified that additional specialist places across all sectors in the Bradford District are required. This initial consultation is to share and gather information on the development of further specialist provision places to enhance the current specialist provision offer across the District.

Revised Range Guidance News 

Range Guidance Review

Why are we updating the Range Guidance?

•Since the previous version of the Range Guidance was produced, there have been significant changes within both SEN and Education. The new Code of Practice for SEND, Fair Funding and Assessment without Levels have all led to the Range Guidance becoming outdated and misleading.

•In addition, issues relating to school funding and pressure on the High Needs Block mean it is more important than ever that schools and LA have a shared view of their individual responsibilities.

•The Revised Range Guidance attempts to address all of these issues and provide clear consistence advice. It is based on existing models of good practice eg the Wigan Inclusive Quality First Teaching Audit and existing Bradford tools such as the SEN Progress Grids and SEN Support Grid.

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NHS Network News 2019

Mental health trials launch in schools

Hundreds of children and young people will learn how to use a range of innovative techniques to promote good mental health through one of the largest studies in the world of its kind.

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week (4  to 10 February), the education secretary Damian Hinds announces that up to 370 schools in England will take part in a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health.

The study will run until 2021 and aims to give schools new, robust evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Hundreds more children and adults eligible for cochlear implants on the NHS

Hundreds more people with severe to profound deafness are expected to be eligible for cochlear implants each year, due to updated NICE guidance.

The update comes after a review of the definition of severe to profound deafness which is used to identify if a cochlear implant might be appropriate.

New treatment recommended for people with severe asthma

Another potentially life-changing treatment should be available to people with a severe form of asthma, NICE says.

Draft guidance published says that Benralizumab is cost-effective for use on the NHS in England and Wales by some adults who have severe eosinophilic asthma and have struggled to control it with inhalers.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Children and young people with disabilities & severe complex needs: integrated health & social care support & service guidance

NICE has published guidance on health and social care provision for disabled children and young people with severe complex needs in all settings, including education. 

As well as looking at integrated health and social care support, the guidance aims to ensure that effective commissioning and joint working occur between practitioners across health and social care services The consultation closes on 5 February 2019.

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0 - 25 SEND Inclusive Education Services  Newsletter January 2019 (previously Bradford Portage Service)

Our new name will be 0-25 SEND Inclusive Education Services.

This service will cover Early Years, Autism, Cognition and Learning, SEMH, VI Service; Support Team for Deaf children and Physical and Medical Teams

For bespoke subscription packages of support refer to the Skills4bradford website below where you can choose a competitive package to suit your school's needs.


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Bradford Children Services 2019

This blog is by Bradford Council staff. It’s a place where we will share stories and of what is happening here in children’s services.

Working with children, young people and families in Bradford can be one of the most rewarding experiences.

This work covers many organisations and agencies and we want to share information and news with everyone who works with children and young people across the Bradford District.

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Briefing Bradford: Issue 14

Briefing Bradford is a free voluntary sector newsletter which highlights news, jobs and funding; showcases organisations, gives you access to free, downloadable or handy online resources and keeps you up to date with the latest opportunities including trai#059bbe ning, consultations, networking events and meetings. It’s always exciting and always useful - you can also find it by visiting our social media channels @bfdnews, @weareCABAD and @DIVABradford. Briefing Bradford is brought by the sector by Community Action Bradford & District.

Say a warm welcome to issue 14 of Briefing Bradford, there’s a lot going on in this issue, including an invite to our AGM, lots of events, and how to get involved with Safeguarding week in June! There are more volunteer roles than ever, so be sure to take a look, and if you want to feature your own content – send it over to briefingbradford@cabad.org.uk!

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Carers' Resource Choices Newsletter March 2019

Carers’ Resource exists to support unpaid carers. We provide information, advice and support to carers, to the people they care for and to professionals who work with them. Carers’ Resource is an independent, award-winning Yorkshire charity which is open to everyone and offers emotional and practical help to enable them to cope.

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City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Educate Positive Bulletin

Welcome to Educate Positive, a regular publication which highlights excellence in education across the district’s schools and settings.

Read this week's Educate Positive, which highlights the excellence in education across the district’s schools

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Disability Grants News - February 2019

Are you a parent or carer of a Disabled child or adult? If so, use this website to save time finding Disability Grants.

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Disabled Living Newsletter Spring 2019

Disabled Living is a charity which provides impartial information and advice about products, equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled adults, children, older people, carers and the professionals who support them. In addition, we support people with bladder and bowel problems through our service, Bladder and Bowel UK. Throughout 2017 we are celebrating 120 years of providing services!

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Down Syndrome Training & Support Service - April/May Newsletter 2019

Please find attached our March newsletter containing some great news on the front page.

As we enter March we start the month of Down syndrome awareness. We have attached posters promoting World Down Syndrome Day - 21st March - and our open day at the centre.

Please visit our website page for details around fundraising.


The Down Syndrome Training & Support Service is a registered charity run by and for parents and carers of children who have Down syndrome. We offer support and training for all parents and professionals working and caring for children with Down syndrome.

We produce a monthly newsletter which outlines all our current activities and services and provides information about other services in the area.

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Community Action Bradford & District

Community Action Bradford and District was formed in 2017 as the merger of BCVS, KIVCA and SBVS, to support and develop the voluntary and community sector – to make a positive change.

Community Action support, enable, develop, represent and inform the community in a wide variety of ways. We offer operational support in setting up and sustaining a voluntary or community group; we manage Bfunded to offer support in finding and applying for funding; we offer a payroll and accounts service through Bradford CPA; we manage DIVA Bradford to advertise job vacancies, events and room hire for your organisation; we offer a range of training opportunities for your organisation, staff and volunteers; and we can provide 1:1 marketing and communications support to promote your service offering.  We also run a Community Transport scheme from which you can hire minibuses to facilitate events for your group; and we facilitate a host of projects relating to engaging younger and older people in their communities. Community Action operate from, and maintain, 4 locations – these being North Parade, Bradford; Central Hall, Keighley; Cardigan House, Bingley; and Riddings Road, Ilkley and we use these to provide the extensive range of services offered above and much more.

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Health matters: Reducing health inequalities in Mental health

Facts, resources and information on major public health issues for public health professionals, local authorities and CCG commissioners.

Welcome to the latest edition of Health matters, a resource to support professionals working to improve population health. This edition focuses on actions that local areas can take to reduce health inequalities experienced by people living with mental illness.

Kidz to Adultz Middle 2019

One of the largest FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with a disability or additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

130+ exhibitors offering advice and information on funding, mobility, seating, beds, communication, access, education, toys, transport, style, sensory, sports, leisure and more!

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National Careers Service

From 1st October 2018, the delivery of the National Careers Service in the Yorkshire and Humber region will transfer to a new organisation.

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Project SEARCH - Issue 24 March 2019

Project SEARCH Bradford is a partnership between Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT), Southfield School, HFT, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford. The goal is to provide three on-site work placements for young people with learning disabilities leading to gaining skills necessary for employment.

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Publication of a Young Person’s guide to SEND disagreement resolution

Following the 2017 review of disagreement resolution arrangements, the Department for Education commissioned Mott MacDonald, as part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together (DBOT) consortium, to develop and publish a guide for young people aged 16-25 on how to resolve special educational needs and disability (SEND) disagreements. Mott MacDonald worked with a range of organisations and groups, including the young people’s group FLARE, to produce the guide.

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How to spot child drug couriers campaign

Bus drivers and train staff are being given tips on how to spot children being used as drug couriers.

The signs - highlighted on new posters - include not having a local accent and receiving "excessive" text messages.

Drugs gangs in big cities are expanding into rural areas and coastal towns to sell heroin and crack cocaine.

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Exciting new opportunities in Bradford

I am delighted to be able to share with you that Bradford has now officially the largest number of fully inclusive Mixed Ability activities in the UK.

Mixed Ability is a social movement within sports, actively promoting inclusion and equality through a sense of belonging and membership to a group, team or club.

All of those people who have considered joining a class but feel they might be judged by their capability, please be assured that these activities are non-judgemental.

Mixed Ability (MA) is for everyone.

The latest additions to the Mixed Ability stable are MA Football for both men (14+) and young women (11-19) starting on 16th February.

MA Archery for men beginning on the 19th February.

Dance 4 All has a new dedicated home at the Kala Sangham Centre with classes every Monday evening, and on Friday afternoons why not try Tennis for all at Heaton Tennis Club.

Future Arrangements for School and High Needs Funding

The Secretary of State for Education yesterday set out the future arrangements for school and high needs funding. In an oral statement to Parliament, she confirmed the introduction of a national funding formula for schools and for pupils with high needs from the 2018-19 financial year. Further details of the funding formulae allocations will be published in September.

The Government is also making available additional funding of £1.3 billion, on top of existing spending plans, in 2018-19 and 2019-20.  As a result, core funding for schools and high needs will rise from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £42.4 billion in 2018-19, and to £43.5 billion in 2019-20.

We will shortly publish the schools funding operational guide for 2018-19 and the baselines for local authorities’ spending in the current year. The operational guide on high needs funding will be published in September, as in previous years. In the meantime, we can confirm that in 2018-19 local authorities will receive, as a minimum, 0.5% more in 2018-19 and 1% more in 2019-20 compared to what local authorities told us they planned to spend in 2017-18, subject to some technical adjustments explained in what is being published.

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ROC Northwest Vacancies at Mountwood Academy

We are pleased to announce that a further placements have opened up at Mountwood Academy. Purpose built home and school for young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (Low Functioning), Learning Disabilities and Associated Complex Needs.

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Social Care Institute for Excellence E-bulletin

The Social Care Institute for Excellence is a UK charity, set up by government and funded by the UK Department of Health and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland.

SCIE has a role identifying and disseminating the knowledge base for good practice in all aspects of social care in the United Kingdom. The Institute produces guides in different formats, including specialist tool kits and more general learning materials, covering management and policy issues as well as day to day services

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