Solihull’s inclusion charter
The draft inclusion charter is now out for sign off to parents groups, schools through collaborative groups, early years settings, local authority, health and social care colleagues. It will be finalised and published in December 2019. Work on Solihull’s SEND strategy will be based on the values of the inclusion charter and will commence in November 2019.
Speech and language strategy
Six schools have just completed the first year of the ELKLAN pilot. This is a joint project delivered by SISS and the speech and language therapy service (SALT) aimed at supporting schools to gain communication friendly status.
A huge well done to the 27 school and SISS ARC support staff who have worked hard to achieve their level 3 award in speech and language support for 5-11 year olds. Five of the six schools are now beginning their level 4 award to become accredited communication friendly schools by the end of this academic year.
In addition, for 2019/20 we are running a pilot with SALT for early years ELKLAN, supporting eight settings to become communication friendly.
The ELKLAN projects are the next phase of delivering Solihull’s speech and language strategy. Language link continues to be used successfully in most schools, with particular successes for the language link training with parents.
We are working alongside colleagues form adult services and schools to produce a draft policy for provision of equipment and a corporate manual handling policy. Policies will be finalised by Easter 2020.
Please register pupils on a part-time timetable by using the protocol and form located on the solgrid education part-time timetables page. The council requires a nil return at the end of every term.
|Autumn term 2019 – please email email@example.com for further details|
|Wednesday 25 September 2019||New SENCo training (1of 6)|
|Thursday 3 October 2019||AET good Autism practice tier 2 (free training)|
|Thursday 10 October 2019||Developing a growth mindset in the primary classroom|
|Tuesday 15 October 2019||Teaching assistant toolbox – developing reading skills (1 of 3)|
|Thursday 24 October 2019||Supporting children and young people with relationship-based play approach|
|Wednesday 6 November 2019||New SENCo training (2 of 6 )|
|Tuesday 10 December 2019||Teaching assistant toolbox – developing spelling and writing skills (2 of 3)|
The start of the new academic term marks the launch of the Social Emotional and Mental Health High Needs (SEMH HN) Pathway. The purpose of the pathway is to reduce risk of exclusions for children presenting with SEMH needs and has been adapted to anticipate the launch of the Emotionally Based School Avoidance pathway, due to be launched in October.
The work of the SEMH High Needs team is primarily to support the prevention of exclusion through early intervention and responsive support.
All forms to request support via this pathway can be found on the local offer page here.
Melissa Jones, Senior Educational Psychologist and Jane Shaw, SISS SEMH team lead
Schools’ forum is a public meeting. The next schools’ forum meeting is on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 at 5.30pm in room 1 Civic Suite.
Members will have received the agenda and papers by email, but if you are interested in attending as an observer on 9 July 2019, please contact Alison McWilliam on amcwilliam@Solihull.gov.uk or 0121 704 6297.