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Westminster Post-16 Transport Policy Statement Consultation April-May 2019

Could you help us by giving your views on our new Transport Policy Statement? In the Westminster, we have worked with different groups to update our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement to try and ensure it is easier to understand and more comprehensive. We are keen…

What happens if a child/young person is missing school due to illness?

What is the medical needs policy? This policy sets out the Local Authority’s and schools’ responsibilities together with what our partners in the Local Area will do, to provide full time education for children of compulsory school age who, because of illness, or long term…

What is a Designated Medical Officer (DMO)?

Designated Medical Officer (DMO) / Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) The purpose of the role is to co-ordinate and improve health SEND planning and practice within the local area.  The post-holder is employed by the CCG.   Duties of this function…

What is a Short Break?

What are Short Breaks? Short breaks enable disabled children, young people and adults to have time away from their carers, explore new opportunities, have fun and broaden their social networks whilst promoting independence. They can provide families with an opportunity to have a break from…

What is alternative provision?

When a child or young person is unable to access mainstream school for reasons including school exclusion, behavioural issues, or illness, education outside of school will be arranged. This education is called alternative provision. Alternative provision may be arranged by: The local authority, when a…

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

The Children and Families Act puts children and young people at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with parents/carers and/or with young people themselves; 16 to 25 year olds should be especially involved with this. Education, health and care (EHC) plans are are legal…

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person perceives the world, how they behave and how they interact with other people. Autism is a spectrum condition which means that not all people will be affected in the same way. While autism will…

What is the Quality and Outcomes Framework?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a way the NHS rewards GPs for delivering good practice. It works by rating GP performance in several key areas related to quality care and health outcomes. For example, GP practices gain points for keeping a list of…

What SEN support may include

If a school or nursery decides your child has SEN they will write an SEN support plan. This plan identifies your child's needs, the action needed and planned outcomes. However, if your child's needs are severe or complex they may go straight to the next step…

What should a school do to support children/young people with medical conditions?

All schools should have a Medical Conditions Policy which states how the school will support children with medical conditions. This should include the procedures for getting the right care, the training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out.…