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While Skylarks was not affected by Tier 2, 3 or 4 restrictions and continued to operate from the Crossway Centre in a Covid-compliant manner, we have unfortunately had to close from January 2021 due to the national lockdown in line with local primary schools. We continue to offer a wide range of services online and are working to introduce more virtual activities. We will re-open for face-to-face services as soon as it is safe to do so.

EHCP training session

We are pleased to welcome Alex Hardy from RUILS to talk to parents about Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP's).

Alex comes regularly to our Friday morning sessions, usually twice a term, to talk about getting the right support in school for your child. He talks about what should be in an EHCP, how to write a successful Plan, what to demand and what to avoid and how to get the right school names and the right support in place. His talks are aimed at anyone with an interest in EHCPs, whether you already have one, are considering applying for one, or are simply confused and want more information! All are welcome.

On Friday 13th March 2020 Alex will be giving an introductory talk on EHCP's. He will explain the law around EHCP's and how to apply for one.

On Friday 17th January 2020 Alex focused mainly on Annual Reviews. What is their purpose? How should they be conducted? How should we prepare for one? What should the school do? What do we do if we want a change in provision? And many other questions.

EHCP's were brought in to replace Statements and are a legal document which should guarantee your child who has additional needs the extra support they need at school. As they are a legal document, it is very important that parents and guardians should understand how they work, what they do and how to make them worth the paper they are written on.

Alex Hardy will impart his knowledge of the Law around the different sections of an EHCP – Needs, Provision, Outcomes, Placement and so on – and how to make them as useful and enforceable as possible, using Parts B and F; how to deal with the Local Authority; how best to approach gathering evidence and how to ensure that it is detailed and specific; what you should know about Annual Reviews; and how to empower yourself to become a successful advocate for your child

Alex Hardy works for the charity RUILS as a SEND advisor. He is also the father of a child with additional needs. RUILS can help families who live in the borough of Richmond, but as this talk is held at Skylarks, anyone from anywhere is welcome to attend.

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