Spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion changes com­pleted

Coun­cil con­firms all con­ver­sions to EHCP have been done on time

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

In 2014, the gov­ern­ment ruled all chil­dren with state­ments of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs must be trans­ferred to the new ed­u­ca­tional health and care plan (EHCP) sys­tem by April 1 this year, as part of a mas­sive sys­tem over­haul.

Na­tional re­ports re­leased this week sug­gested thou­sands of chil­dren across the coun­try were still wait­ing to be trans- ferred to the new EHCP- a le­gal doc­u­ment that de­tails the child’s needs and ex­tra help that will be pro­vided to them.

In Au­gust, there were 1,700 out­stand­ing cases in the county- how­ever Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) con­firmed all con­ver­sions had been trig­gered on time.

A to­tal of 20 con­ver­sions were not com­pleted by the dead­line due to parental en­quiries, al­though they were ex­pected to be trans­ferred the be­gin­ning of the month, ac­cord­ing to coun­cil re­ports.

This week it was also re­ported the num­ber of chil­dren be­ing ex­cluded from pri­mary school in Bucks is “sig­nif­i­cantly worse” than the na­tional av­er­age. Speak­ing at health and well­be­ing board meet­ing, head of ed­u­ca­tion at BCC, Sarah Cal­laghan, said the sys­tem over­haul placed “pres­sures” on schools and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, po­ten­tially im­pact­ing on pupils with be­hav­iour is­sues.

How­ever the coun­cil hopes ex­clu­sion rates in pri­mary schools will be­gin to de­crease now the old state­ments of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs have been phased out, and an “ex­ten­sive SEN im­prove­ment plan” is be­ing im­ple­mented.

Ms Cal­laghan said: “The SEND re­forms that were in­tro­duced in 2014 placed chal­lenges on all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to con­vert the state­ments of ed­u­ca­tional needs to EHCPs.

“The age range for those was ex­tended, so there was sig­nif­i­cant changes and I think that has cre­ated pres­sures and some­times that im­pacts on be­havioural is­sues in schools, and the sup­port to man­age those - that im­pacts on at­ten­dance and that im­pacts on ex­clu­sions.”

As a pro-dancer on Bri­tain’s big­gest tele­vi­sion show Strictly Come Danc­ing Bren­dan rose to fame be­com­ing a house­hold name danc­ing along­side celebri­ties in­clud­ing Kelly Brook, So­phie El­lis Bex­tor, Anasta­cia and Michelle Wil­liams. He was the first pro-dancer to ever win the cov­eted Strictly tro­phy in the show’s first se­ries, along­side his dance part­ner Natasha Kaplinksky. Bren­dan also judged New Zealand’s equiv­a­lent of the show, Danc­ing with the Stars for four years.

Bren­dan went on to pro­duce nu­mer­ous UK tours, in­clud­ing his dance, mu­sic and chat shows Live & Un­judged, Li­cence to Thrill and A Night to Re­mem­ber fea­tur­ing Bren­dan and an en­tire en­sem­ble of dancers daz­zling au­di­ences with their ex­cit­ing chore­og­ra­phy, live mu­sic and im­pres­sive pro­duc­tion val­ues. Bren­dan re­cently con­cluded his lat­est UK tour Bren­dan Cole - All Night Long.

Since en­ter­ing into the world of me­dia and tele­vi­sion, Bucks res­i­dent Bren­dan has ap­peared on many different shows in­clud­ing be­ing on the judg­ing panel of Bri­tain’s Next Top Model, ITV’s Love Is­land and was a con­tes­tant on Just the Two Of Us for the BBC which saw him team up with Bev­er­ley Knight and come sec­ond in the pop­u­lar singing com­pe­ti­tion.

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