SEND


Here you can find resources for SEND in your college. If you have any resources you would like to share with other colleges, please email covid19@aoc.co.uk.

SEND students in General Further Education (updated on 15/01/2021)

We had thought that there would be additional guidance for SEND students but have now been informed that this guidance will not include GFE. The Guidance that must be followed is therefore what is contained within the Guidance for Restricting attendance during national lockdown.

Students with EHC plans on mainstream courses
All students with EHC plans should have the option of attending college. However, if the student wishes to study remotely in the same way as others on their course they can do this. If this is the case colleges must ensure that students receive their usual regular additional support in the most appropriate way.

Students on specialist courses for students with learning difficulties
All students with EHC plans on specialist provision should be informed that they are welcome to attend college. If they or their parents wish them to attend then the college should provide them with face to face learning and there should be no blanket decisions made about provision. The Guidance accepts that there might be occasions when the usual adequate staff students ratio cannot be provided in college. In these cases there should be a return to normal provision as soon as possible.

Staff should contact young people and their parents. If students or their parents decide they do not wish them to be in college then alternative remote learning packages (on line or home study packs) should be provided for them which address their individual EHC plan outcomes. Staff should ensure they have very regular ongoing contact with the young person and their parents.

Colleges who have contacted us vary in the number of high needs students attending with several saying numbers are higher than in March but still low. Many parents are saying they would rather their young person was at home and some students are saying they don’t want to be the only students in college.

Supported Internships
Wherever possible students on Supported Internships should be provided with remote work placements. However, they can continue to attend covid-secure settings for work placement where the young person, the learning provider and the employer are in agreement.


Access to Work funding will continue to be paid where:
•    A Job Coach leads the activity
•    The activities develop employment skills

High Needs Funding
Local Authorities will continue to receive their high needs budget and should continue to pay colleges high needs funding. Funding should not be reduced if some or all young people are not in college for a period of time but the Local Authority must be informed of any changes which are being made to the delivery of provision.

If you have any specific queries please do contact Liz.maudslay@aoc.co.uk
 

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