August evening and daytime Pinpoint workshops ( exploring the Local Offer together)

Throughout August we will be running some evening and daytime workshops where we will be exploring the Councils ‘Local Offer’ together. Ideally these needs to be booked in advance, however feel free to just pop in if no time to book! Dates, venues and times are as follows:

WHITTLESEY 

12th August – Whittlesey Library , 31 – 35 Market St, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1BA

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

BOTTISHAM 

14th  August  – Bottisham Village College  Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB25 9DL
Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

WISBECH 

15th August  – Queen Mary Centre  Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE
Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

CHATTERIS 

26th August –  King Edward Community Centre, Cranes Yard Railway Lane, Chatteris PE16 6NF

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 5pm-8pm

LITTLEPORT 

28th August – Family gathering with Highfield Ely and Littleport at Pocket Park, Ely 11-2

MARCH 

29th March Community Centre  34 Station Road, March PE15 8LE

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 5.30 pm-8.30 pm  

All sessions are free, we provide refreshments as well! To book one or more of the above sessions, email esther@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk   or simply drop in!                            

If there is subject that you think would make a perfect future workshop that you would attend, let Esther know: esther@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

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

SEND disagreements – guide for young people

SEND disagreements?
This guide is aimed at young people aged 16-25 but is a good resource for parent carers.
It contains information on:
  • what to do if your son or daughter is unhappy with school or college
  • not getting the right support from the health organisations or the local authority
  • how to challenge decisions
  • preparing for  mediation and tribunals.

Download a copy

New ASC school in Cambridge to open September 2020

An opening date of September 2020 has been agreed for The Cavendish School (TCS) – a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition.

Impington Village College is submitting an application to establish a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC). The Cavendish School will provide a highly specialised environment for up to 70 young people age 9 to 19 (Year 5 – 13) with ASC. The school will aspire to remove limitations, celebrating neurodiversity by supporting and guiding students as individuals.

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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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