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12 Consulting with parents/carers and young people

The partnership with parents/carers plays a key role in enabling children and young people with SEND to achieve their full potential. Parents are informed when students are placed on the SEND register and are involved in all stages of the process. We recognise that parents hold key information and have knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a child’s needs and the best ways of supporting them. All parents/carers of children with special educational needs will be treated as partners and will be supported and encouraged to play an active and valued role in their children’s education.

We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child’s needs and support.  Parents and carers will be involved throughout the process through:
  • Meet the tutor/subject teacher evenings
  • Ongoing discussions with tutor, P&G team, SENCo
  • Parent drop-in sessions
  • Email contact
  • Through a review of a child’s SEN Support Plan or the Annual Review of their Statement of SEN or EHC Plan
  • Through the Parent Voice group which meets half-termly and supports the development of school policy and procedures. 

The local authority’s SEND – Information, Advice and Support Service. (SEND IASS) provides information and support to parents of children with SEND. A wide range of support and advice may be obtained by contacting this independent service. They can be contacted on:

SEND IASS Website: www.durhamsendiass.info

 E-mail: sendiass@durham.gov.uk

 Helpline: 0191 5873541

When a child/young person is identified as SEND, teachers/SENCo and Support Staff will work with them to identify the support needed to meet agreed outcomes. The provision is planned and interventions are allocated to individual needs. Students, parents/carers are encouraged to take an active role in setting their outcomes by discussing them with the SENCo. Students are actively encouraged to contribute their views regarding their needs, how to best help them and the progress they have made. Students are encouraged to attend any review meetings held for them. They also have regular mentoring sessions with tutors in Time4Success to discuss their progress.