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West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic

BBC Manchester News Feeds - 2 hours 52 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between leaders West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.
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West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 2 hours 52 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between leaders West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.
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East Yorkshire flooding worsens as residents evacuated from homes

BBC Humberside News Feed - 3 hours 12 min ago
Water is pouring off fields which are unable to hold it from the swollen River Aire in East Yorkshire.
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Tranmere Rovers P-P Fleetwood Town: Waterlogged Prenton Park forces League One game to be postponed

BBC Lancashire - 3 hours 36 min ago
The League One match between Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
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Facebook con artist from Birmingham jailed after going on run

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 3 hours 44 min ago
Leah Farley was arrested at Birmingham Airport more than two years after she was convicted of fraud.
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London's first fancy dress shop Angels shuts in rent row

BBC London News Feed - 3 hours 48 min ago
Angels first opened in 1840 but says increasingly high rents have priced it out of the West End.
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Norfolk County Council - Corporate Select Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - 3 hours 53 min ago

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Corporate Select Committee.

The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday 9 March 2020 is now available.

To download the papers, go to the Corporate Select Committee webpage and click on the relevant date under the 'Scheduled Meeting Date' column.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings.

If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 3 hours 57 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Premiership: Bath v Bristol Bears

BBC Somerset News Feed - 3 hours 57 min ago
Team news as Bath host Bristol in Sunday's Premiership fixture at The Rec (15:00 GMT).
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Premiership: Bath v Bristol Bears

BBC Bristol News Feed - 3 hours 57 min ago
Team news as Bath host Bristol in Sunday's Premiership fixture at The Rec (15:00 GMT).
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SEND news - February 2020

Norfolk Council News Feed - 3 hours 58 min ago

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February 2020

This month’s SEND newsletter has two themes - explaining about how we are re-shaping services to react to changing needs as well as celebrating the pleasing progress we are making with our transformation plan.

An annual stocktake has meant we are increasing the focus we give to key areas of our £120 million Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) transformation programme.

This re-focusing will help us to address the continuing challenges we face with the ongoing high Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) referral rate while continuing to progress towards our long-stated aims of building new specialist schools and bases at mainstream schools.

Our plans for SEND are ambitious and as with all projects of this kind some elements are going very well whilst we need to improve our performance on others. I’m pleased to see we are taking an agile approach in dealing with these challenges.

It’s fantastic to see the progress in terms of planning applications and construction work bringing us closer to realising hundreds of new learning places around the county.

I hope you enjoy reading the updates we have for you this month.

Cllr John Fisher
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services
Norfolk County Council

Forthcoming SEND Local area inspection

Parents, carers and young people are being asked for their views about provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Norfolk.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is jointly inspecting all agencies and organisations involved in SEND provision in Norfolk from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March.

Families can get involved by completing an online 30-minute webinar at https://bit.ly/2utTquV by 6 March or emailing their views to lasend.support@ofsted.gov.uk.

Further information about the inspection can be found here. Useful DfE guidance for parents and carers on SEND Inspections can be found here.

New streams of work

Norfolk County Council’s £120 million five-year programme to transform special education needs and disabilities (SEND) provision in the county has been re-shaped following an annual stocktake conducted by the Learning and Inclusion team which oversees it.

The various key pieces of work were previously divided into workstreams numbered from one to five. The new approach, which aims to bring rapid focus to key issues, means there is now a Workstream A which deals with mainstream inclusion and a Workstream B, which deals with infrastructure and includes the building and expansion work for the three proposed new special schools, the new Specialist Referral Bases (SRBs) and the expansions of existing complex needs schools.

Added to this are two rapid action teams. Team 1 is focusing on Education, Health and Care Plans or EHCPs (more information below)  and team 2 is focusing on setting up a virtual school for Alternative Provision (AP).

Great progress at Sheringham Woodfields

Lovely photographs were published on social media this month marking the great progress in building a new £1.4 million state-of-the art therapeutic centre at Sheringham Woodfields School for children with complex needs.

Draper and Nichols Ltd are the main contractors building the centre, which has been part funded by Norfolk County Council as part of our £120 million SEND transformation programme, with other funds secured directly by the school.

The new centre will feature a flexible, fully-equipped sensory integration studio and a main hall kitted out with an Olympic-sized, sunken trampoline and other specialist equipment. It will also include a range of smaller rooms which will be used for one-to-one therapy sessions.

The school has 121 pupils on roll aged from three to 19 (increasing to 135 by the time the therapy centre is open). The centre is due to open in September 2020.

Renewed focus on EHCP

A new rapid action team has been formed headed up by newly-appointed head of service for high needs and SEND, Nicki Rider.

This team was formed following the annual stocktake of the SEND transformation programme which prioritised improving our EHCP performance.

The average monthly rate of EHCP referrals has nearly doubled in recent months in comparison to the previous year. This means that, despite us increasing our staffing levels, we have still been unable to achieve the service improvements we need.

Nicki Rider has a wealth of SEND experience and will be known to many. Over the last year she has been focussed on her involvement within the transformation programme for SEND but she has now accepted a new post which will see her leading the team to transform performance for Education, Health and Care assessments.

All EHCP teams, educational psychologists, provision and placements, panels, the Local Offer and SEND sufficiency will be within her remit.

New specialist school in Great Yarmouth gets the go-ahead

Planning permission was granted on Friday 21 February for the construction of a new specialist school on the former Alderman Swindell site at Great Yarmouth.

The new school will provide specialist school places for up to 94 boys aged five to 16 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. It will include residential provision which will enable around 30 to 40 children and staff to live on site during the school week.

It will be run by Boudica Schools’ Trust (formerly Rightforsuccess Trust) which manages 10 academies including one specialist school, Eaton Hall Specialist Academy in Norwich, which also caters for boys with SEMH and is ranked outstanding by Ofsted.

Demolition has now started on site but the existing historic frontage of the school will be retained.

The school is expected to be complete and start accepting pupils on a phased timetable from Autumn 2021, reaching full capacity in the following years. You can read more here.

Plans for Fakenham specialist school progressing

Formal planning permission has now been lodged for a new school for children with autism at Fakenham.

This follows a successful local pre-planning exhibition held last month which was attended by dozens of people from the town who took the opportunity to discuss the scheme in greater detail with officers from Norfolk County Council’s capital projects team. You can still watch a video fly-through of the proposed site here.

Following an earlier consultation, the county council is due to make a submission very shortly to the DfE on the re-use of the former playing field.

A decision on who will run the school is expected early Spring this year. If approved, the new school could start accepting pupils from early 2022.

SEND support project success

We are building on the success of our core consultation initiative with a new inclusion model we are piloting.

Agreement has been reached with a group of headteachers in South Norfolk to build on the feedback from the core consultation initiative together with previously successful ways of working to pilot a new approach focused on SEN support to meet needs early. More detail will be forthcoming on this as we progress.

Our core consultation initiative is continuing. A total of 202 schools are taking part in two phases. The 113 in the first phase have all received a visit. We have 89 schools in the second phase, 18 of which have been visited with dates arranged for the remaining 71.

The free initiative has seen Norfolk County Council deliver specialist SEND support advice targeted to an individual school’s particular SEND support needs.

Categories: Norfolk

Tamara Ecclestone: Cleaner denies jewel theft plot

BBC London News Feed - 4 hours 6 sec ago
Valuables worth £50m were taken during a raid in December at Tamara Ecclestone's home in Kensington.
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Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City

BBC Lancashire - 4 hours 3 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City.
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Sussex pensioner's death sparks care review

BBC Sussex News Feed - 4 hours 6 min ago
The 94-year-old woman had suffered a broken nose and jaw while living with family and carers.
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Aymeric Laporte: Defender expected to be out for 'up to a month' with hamstring injury

BBC Manchester News Feeds - 4 hours 13 min ago
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is expected to be out of action for up to a month, according to his manager Pep Guardiola.
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Manchester plans revealed for UK's largest indoor arena

BBC Manchester News Feeds - 4 hours 29 min ago
Developers want to build a 23,500-capacity indoor venue next to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.
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Harry Kane: Jose Mourinho says Tottenham striker could return ahead of schedule

BBC London News Feed - 4 hours 35 min ago
Striker Harry Kane is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery on his hamstring, according to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.
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Vicky Lovelace-Collins' family contact Harry Dunn family

BBC Beds Bucks Herts News Feed - 4 hours 36 min ago
Vicky Lovelace-Collins, 38, was in a fatal collision with a car whose driver "fled to Turkey".

Queens Park Rangers v Birmingham City

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 4 hours 41 min ago
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City.
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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Records Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - 4 hours 55 min ago

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Records Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 7 February 2020 are now available.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.


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