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Referrals to Cedars SEMH ARP are welcomed throughout the year as and when the need arises.  The panel meets to consider referrals as they are submitted, usually once every half term.  Referral details are on Tudor Grange Primary Academy Yew Tree website.

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.

Policy work

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.

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An extraordinary heads’ partnership meeting will take place at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 1 October in the council chamber and all Solihull head teachers and chairs of governors are invited to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the overspend on the high needs block.

The agenda is attached to this announcement.

The meeting will commence at 5.00pm and refreshments will be available in the coffee bar from 4.45pm. Free parking is available around the council house from 4.30pm when the car park barrier is raised.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Alison McWilliam by email to

Primary and secondary schools currently served by the Solihull catering service may have been notified directly from Parent Pay that the software allowing their tills to talk to the Parent Pay (e-payments) system will no longer be working as of 31 October 2019. Solihull catering service has stepped in to negotiate with the provider so that it will continue to operate safely until February 2020.

Solihull catering services will now go to the market this July to buy new tills and an associated operating system. It is anticipated that a new contract will be awarded by early October 2019. Once the new contract is in place each school will be contacted with regard to individual ‘go live’ dates once an implementation plan has been developed, with full implementation to be completed by February 2020.

This area of technology has developed significantly since the original rollout of the cashless system for schools. Alongside additional functionality that a new till will bring, there will also be further benefits for those schools wanting to support the healthy eating agenda. The new tills will provide improved data; helping both the caterer and schools to support pupils and parents to make better decisions about the food our children eat.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on

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The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and to enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced on 07 June 2019.

Only the second time ever that the early May bank holiday has been moved – the first was in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.