SEND Support and Inclusion
The Virtual School provides support for children that are looked after or previously looked-after: This support includes circumstances where further educational support is required to support with a special educational need or disability.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
The SEND Service
The Nottingham City SEN Service, offer guidance and support for young people aged between 0-25 in relation to Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.
Follow the link below for further information (including information about the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC).
The SEND Service offers support for looked-after and previously looked after children with SEND who:
- Live in Nottingham City and/or
- Attend a school in the city and/or
- Are looked after by Nottingham City but living elsewhere
The SEND Service works closely with the network around the young person in care such as; foster carers, social workers, staff from the education setting, Virtual School and health services.
The SEND Service works to ensure young people in care with SEND are supported to get the most out of school life and fulfil their true potential in the most appropriate setting for them.
For further information regarding the SEND service, please click on the link below:
Working together to support the needs of children with SEND
In order to support the needs of children in care with SEND, the Virtual School has regular dialogue with a network of professionals that include: social workers, foster carers, Disabled Childrens Team, SEND caseworkers, independent reviewing officers, school, SENCOs and CAMHS professionals. The team working around the child may meet to discuss further support and strategies to ensure the child’s needs are sufficiently assessed and met.
Further guidance information
Routes 2 Inclusion
Routes to Inclusion (R2i) has been developed by members of the Educational Psychology Service (EPS), Behaviour Support Service (BST) and Nottingham City Primary SENCOs. It provides a supporting framework for the identification, assessment and intervention of children presenting with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. It aims to promote inclusion, build capacity and help to identify the children who most need targeted support.
Routes to Inclusion also draws on the support of other agencies in the Local Authority and voluntary sector, in mapping services and provision, so that schools have a clear understanding of the support available and how this can be assessed in a timely and appropriate way. The graduated response is aligned to other processes in the Local Authority such as High Level Needs (HLN) requests and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) requests.
The R2i toolkit is available for free to all Nottingham City schools, and the initial rollout is with primary schools. Anyone else interested in purchasing the toolkit should contact us directly.
Many young people during their school life experience some kind of difficulty in learning. If a young person has learning needs that require special educational provision and additional or specialised support, they may have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). In the majority of cases, the special educational provision they require can be provided within mainstream settings but for some young people, it may be agreed that a special school would be most appropriate to meet their needs.
The SEND Service works closely with the network around the young person in care such as social workers, foster carers, staff from the education setting and health services. They ensure young people in care with SEND are supported to get the most out of school life and fulfil their true potential in the most appropriate setting for the young person.