It’s good fun taking photos.
I really like to take photos.
I try to take photos 3 or 4 times each week.
I like to take photos anywhere.
I like taking photos of things other people haven’t seen.
My favourite place to take photos was the wild life park.
My favourite photos are of the giraffes. Giraffes are my favourite animal as they are big and beautiful.
Mummy helps me a little to changes the lens and put the camera on the tripod.
Mummy also drives me to new places to see if there is anything good to photograph.
I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but taking photos would be a good job!
Thank you for looking at my photos. I hope you like them!
You can see more of my photos on my facebook page.
New time limits for transfer reviews
It is now a year since the Children and Families Act came into force in England on 1 September 2014. Under the Act, a new system of education, health and care plans is replacing the old one of statements of special educational needs. The change is happening gradually over several years and the main group affected this last year were school leavers.
Change is never an easy thing and we have picked up the following issues, both from calls to the DSA helpline and talking to colleagues in other SEN organisations:
Local authorities are struggling to meet legally binding timescales for transfer reviews from statement to EHCP
Parents are not receiving clear information about the transfer review process and who must be involved
LAs are not always following legal requirements regarding professional evidence
In the light of this we welcome the recent announcement by the Department for Education regarding:
extension to the time limits for transfer reviews from 1st September 2015.
clarification as to the professional evidence required
The overall time limit for transferring an individual statement to an EHCP has been extended from 16 weeks to 20 weeks. This is the time between the LA formally notifying the parent of the review to the final plan.
Advice and information
This is the professional evidence which is taken into account when writing the EHCP. There is a requirement under the Children and Families Act not to seek new information unnecessarily. Some parents were telling us that their LA was relying on reports that were years old without seeking updated views. The DfE has clarified when existing advice and information will be considered ‘sufficient’.
Three people must agree that existing advice is sufficient. These are:
the parent or young person
the professional who wrote the advice
If any of these disagrees, new advice must be sought.
In deciding whether an existing report is still valid the following should be taken into account:
how recently it was written
how far the child’s or young person’s needs have changed
whether it focuses enough on the outcomes sought for the child or young person
The DfE suggests that it is a good idea to start thinking about whether existing reports are sufficient before the formal start of the review process. This will then give more time to collect up to date evidence.
Who will be affected in 2015/ 16?
In the coming school year, local authorities must transfer
all children moving from an early years setting to a school
all children / young people changing school at a phase transfer e.g. infant/ junior, primary / secondary, primary / middle, middle / secondary
all children / young people moving from mainstream to special and vice versa
all young people in year 9
all young people leaving school
Your local authority may also choose to transfer additional year groups. You should check your LA’s transfer timetable which should be available on their local offer site
What you can do
Check whether your child is due to be transferred this school year.
Think about whether existing reports about your child reflect his or her current needs. What other evidence might it be useful to have?