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Monthly Communication Archives: September 2023

NJC Pay Negotiations Update

Unfortunately, the National Joint Council (NJC) Pay Award for 2023 has not yet been agreed nationally. We recently advised that the NJC Trade Union Side were meeting on 19 September to discuss the National Employers’ full and final pay offer. Disappointingly, no decision on the pay offer was reached during that meeting. However, the Trade Continue reading →

SEND strategic leadership support – meetings

SENCo network meetings – Various dates in autumn 23 and spring 24 ** NEW – Secondary SEND forum – fully funded for Devon maintained and Devon academy schools ** 15 Nov 2023, Exeter (pilot)  

Sensory and/or physical training

Moving and handling of children with physical difficulties – initial (theory and practical) – 17 Oct or 7 Nov 2023 Moving and handling of children with physical difficulties – refresher (theory and practical) – 18 Oct or 9 Nov 2023 Online learning from the sensory team: Preparing and Modifying Text for Children with Visual Impairment in Continue reading →

Communication and interaction – training

Autism Education Trust Schools – making sense of autism – 17 Oct or 21 Nov 2023 Schools – good autism practice (4 modules) – 7 Nov 2023 Multi-agency and post-16 – raising awareness autism – 9 Oct or 28 Nov 2023 Early years – making sense of autism – 11 Oct 2023 Autism and anxiety – 21 Nov 2023 Other autism courses Autism and Continue reading →

The Big Ambition – Children’s Commissioner survey

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ambition, a national survey of children and young people across England. The Commissioner wants to ensure that the children and young people of Devon have their say through The Big Ambition survey, and is particularly keen to reach as many different groups of Continue reading →

Gradual return to Educational Psychology early intervention work

We are delighted that the Educational Psychology (EP) service will gradually return to early intervention work with schools and settings from January 2024. Due to the continued high demand for EP advice as part of education, health and care needs assessments (EHCNAs), this support will initially be offered to the 100 schools with the highest Continue reading →

Family Pride South West

Intercom Trust are taking referrals for our new project – Family Pride South West. The project has 4 components; Family Pride Events – fun family events for families where at least one member is LGBT+ Parenting Support – We will be delivering Group Triple P for LGBT+ parents/carers with children between the ages of 2 Continue reading →

EXPIRED School’s out of school provision audit 2023

The Early Years and Childcare team need to ensure that there is enough childcare for parents with children up to the age of 16 (18 with additional needs) so that they can work or train. Childcare includes out of school and holiday provision offered by schools; it is sometimes called ‘wraparound care’, ‘before school club’, Continue reading →

School Census bulletin 1 – autumn 2023

DfE School Census date: Thurs 5 Oct 2023 return date: Tues 10 Oct 2023 As you may be aware, the statutory School census for the autumn term takes place on Thu 5 October. We strongly recommend that schools begin to prepare for the school census by ensuring that, so far as possible, pupil databases are Continue reading →

15 September 2023

Autism and us parent programme

Devon’s popular autism and us programme returns this autumn, with a combination of four-week courses and one-off workshops. The Autism and Us programme offers support for families of children and young people who have an autism diagnosis, are waiting for one, and those not seeking a diagnosis but would welcome support. It is designed for Continue reading →

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