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Out now - SEND Newsletter Issue 6

May 2021

The new issue of the SEND Newsletter is out now! The newsletter is packed with important information for you and your family.

Covered in this issue:

How remote learning is working for children and young people with SEND

  • Update on SEN transport
  • Update from the SEN team
  • Admission for specialist provision for reception 2021
  • Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Croydon CAMHS
  • Croydon's support and interventions' team
  • Parents in partnership (pip)
  • The virtual school
  • SEND transformation team
  • School health service

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Preparation for adulthood - Have your say!

10 December 2020

Do you or does someone you know have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) ?

If so, we would like you to get involved by completing our feedback survey.

We want to make sure that the wishes and aspirations of all young people with SEND are at the heart of every stage along the way to adulthood. What do you think that should look like for people in Croydon? Let us know!

This survey is open until 29 January 2021. 

Take the survey

Supporting children in mainstream schools

15 October 2020

Schools in Croydon across 4 local areas have been given funding to provide earlier and better targeted help to SEND children and young people. This funding helps special needs staff to to quickly get the necessary support for students who are beginning to demonstrate that they have additional needs that can’t be met through the school's existing SEND resources.

Find out more

Marathon March - Congratulations to the team!

15 October 2020

The Youth Disability Service team at the Selsdon Park football grounds

On Saturday 10 October, five staff and one young person from Croydon's Youth Disability Project took part in the Marathon March for the Palace For Life Foundation. Their efforts have raised over £1700 raised - huge congratulations to the team!

The team walked 26.2 miles, starting and finishing at Selhurst Park. Paul Funnell, The Disability Youth Service Lead manager, said:

"It's safe to say we're all feeling very sore and achy today.  Still we all enjoyed it, well most it!  The hills this year were a killer, especially  the ones at the end through Shirley woods, they nearly broke some of the team- 'I'm calling an Uber' came some of the calls from the lads.  Nevertheless the Youth Disability Team all finished the march in a quicker time than previous years and are proud of their achievements. We are delighted to have doubled our initial sponsorship target of £850 for the Palace For Life Foundation and Paul even managed to get a Brighton fan to sponsor us a tenner for our efforts. Can't get any sweeter than that!"

It's not too late to donate to the team to thank them for their hard work and help this great cause! Donate now via JustGiving

Post-16 Prospectus published

1 October 2020

Young Croydon produces a Prospectus for Year 11 students, which gives information and advice about the options available for young people aged 16 and over. Not only does the Prospectus detail course and training information, it also provides tips and useful information for you when making your next step. 

The new Prospectus is now available for download from Young Croydon.

Find out more and download the Prospectus

Time to Talk - supporting young people with SEND to plan for the future

17 September 2020

Time to Talk is an exciting new programme for young people with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) developed by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

This is an opportunity for 50 young people in England to:

  • develop their aspirations, motivation, and plans for the future
  • feel heard and valued
  • strengthen their emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • be well equipped to manage transitions.

Funding for the project is for 6 months. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, it will happen online.

This project is for 16 to 25-year-olds with additional needs who are isolated and may not be not engaged in education or training. Sessions will be tailored to each young person. If you are a parent or carer for a young person with SEND, you will be given information and links to local networks. Students who are anxious or uncertain about their future plans can be helped by their education providers through this programme too.

How to request support from Time to Talk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Visit this page for resources, advice and information to support you during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Croydon is GOOD!


Children's service has announced the new Ofsted results for Croydon. We are delighted to share that we were rated GOOD. And this is just the beginning! Watch this video to hear what children and young people have to say about this transformation.

Children, Young People and Families Plan Consultation

UPDATE 5 March 2020

The consultation is now closed for responses. The report resulting from this consultation is expected by 31 May 2021.

23 January 2020

We've been working with children and young people across the borough to understand more about the challenges they face – and how we can tackle them together.

  • Are you a child or young person in Croydon?
  • Do you work with children and young people?
  • Are you interested in making sure that children and young people achieve the best outcomes?
  • Do you have ideas about how we could work better in partnership?

We want to hear from you – help us shape our plan.

Get involved and take part in the public consultation today.

The consultation closes Wednesday 4 March 2020.

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