Events postponed this week

Pinpoint Working, Groups and Events and advice from Contact

We regret to announce we have postponed all our events and meetings for this week. We are monitoring the situation and will update you as soon as we can.

We are working from home, and will still be receiving calls and helping you as much as we can.

The following news story has just been released on Contact’s website and we wanted to draw parent carer forums’ attention to it: https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/covid-19-and-families-with-disabled-children/

From Contact:

“We know that families caring for disabled children may be particularly worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

You might find it helpful to read these two resources from WellChild and Carers UK:

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.wellchild.org.uk/2020/03/11/covid-19-information-for-parents-and-carers/

The health and wellbeing of our families is paramount.

We are following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England, and advise our families (and parent carer forums) to do the same”.

New Dyslexia Guidance

We are delighted to announce Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance has been updated

Thank you to all who responded to the Local Authorities Dyslexia survey. As a result of this the Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance has now been updated. The main changes include: separating the guidance from the research document, writing a ‘quick guide’ for parents and  improving links to the most up-to-date websites.  We are delighted that the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) continues to  commend the Cambridgeshire  literacy difficulties/dyslexia guidance.

This document has been written to provide guidance to professionals and parents on the most current approaches to support the successful inclusion and attainment of children and young people with dyslexia. The document forms part of the wider Cambridgeshire Local Offer which covers information on the local provision for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability. It is a working document and will be reviewed biennially, or sooner if there is significant new research.

To view this new guidance, click on the link:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/localofferpathway

Better support for SEND coming in East Cambs and Fenland

Support for children and young people with SEND and mental health problems is to get a huge boost in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire after the area was designated an Opportunity Area by the government.

It’s just been announced that the two districts will share £6m of extra funding to increase opportunities for “disadvantaged” children and young people.  The plan aims to  boost their communication, language and reading, raise aspirations and recruit, develop and retain the best leaders and teachers in the region’s schools.

One of the top priorities of the plan is to “strengthen the effectiveness of support for children and young people with mental health concerns and those with Special Educational Needs.”

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