Kayleigh Rosewell

Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

I am looking for information regarding special/additional educational needs within Carmarthenshire.

1. Who is primarily responsible for all Special Educational Needs within
the local authority?

2. Do you have a SEN or ALNCO/Inclusion Manager/SEN team/SPLD officer if so what is their name and contact details?

3. Does the authority currently use any particular interventions? If so which systems do they use?

5. Are there any SENco cluster meetings/events? If so, what is the name
and contact details of the organiser?

Yours faithfully,

Kayleigh Rosewell

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Ms Rosewell,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 5th January, 2017 and is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are therefore required to provide a response within 20 working days, which will be on or before 2nd February, 2017 although we will make every effort to provide you with a response as soon as practicably possible.

If we require clarification we will also contact you as soon as we can – please note that the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change if this is the case.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries, remembering to quote the reference number above in any communications.

Yours sincerely

John Tillman
Swyddog Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data
Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth a Chwynion
Adran y Prif Weithredwr
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

Information & Data Protection Officer
Information Governance & Complaints Team
Chief Executive's Department
Carmarthenshire County Council

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Rebecca A Williams, Carmarthenshire Council

Please find responses to cover the points raised below:

1. Mr Gareth Morgans, Acting Interim Director of Education and Childrens Services.

2. The ALN Department is managed by Mrs Rebecca Williams, ALN Manager (Provision) and Mrs Elinor Williams, ALN Manager (Process).

Specialist Services for ALN

The Carmarthenshire Educational and Child Psychology Service (ECPS) is a high quality service with performance measures demonstrating the benefits for children and young people being realised through the application of psychological knowledge and skills across the Education and Children’s Services and in partnership with Health, families and children and young people themselves.
Carmarthenshire have commissioned Area 43 to manage and provide the school -based counselling service to its young people from year 6 to age 18. Professionally accredited counsellors experienced in working with children and young people are allocated to our 14 Secondary schools, 2 special schools, PRUs and to the Primary feeder year 6 pupils.

The Advisory Teachers for Dyslexia, Autism and Speech, Language and Communication offer support and guidance to schools and parents to support pupils in these areas. There is a well-established service to support dyslexic pupils and schools with pupils on the dyslexia continuum. There is also a well-established continuum of assessment and intervention, from early ChATT screening for speech and language difficulties, to phonological awareness screening (Welsh and English) and universal synthetic phonics teaching (Welsh and English) as well as a “talk to writing” approach.

The LA has a Minority Ethnic Achievement Service and a Gypsy Traveller Service.

The Local Authority has appointed an Advisory Teacher for ALN and an Inclusion Officer to support schools development towards ALN reform by implementing best practice. This role has been pivotal in developing schools’ use of provision mapping and progress tracking tools and modelling Person Centred Planning approaches.

The Local Authority has also employed a Family Support Worker.

EOTAS - the Local Authority has a Behaviour Support Community Team and provision in a KS3 PRU and a KS4 PRU. The Local Authority also employs an EOTAS officer who manages the provision of home tuition, provides advice to schools on exclusion procedures and monitors the wellbeing of vulnerable pupils eg Bullying, Physical Intervention Incidents.

Bilingual Sensory Impairment Service support children and young people with hearing or vision impairments from the ages of 0 to 19. In addition, the LA commissions the South West Wales Regional MSI Outreach Service to provide for learners with dual impairment.

Statutory

The ALN Administration Team has four members and processes referrals for Statutory Assessment and issues statements where pupils’ needs meet county’s criteria
In future the Local Authority will be required to prepare an Individual Development Plan and ensure that any agreed additional learning provision set out in the IDP Action Plan is put in place for all CYP aged 0-25 who have been determined as having ALN and who are receiving or wish to receive education or training.

3. See above

4. The ALN Department runs a termly ALNCO Forum for the county's ALNCOs covering a range of topics and to build capacity of all schools to meet the universal, targeted and specific needs of all children and young people. The Forum is organised by the ALN Managers. The ALN Department also offers a programme of training through the county's Inset training programme.

Cofion Gorau/Best Wishes

Rebecca Williams
Rheolwr Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol (Darpariaeth)/Additional Learning Needs Manager (Provision)
Adeilad 2/Building 2
Parc Dewi Sant/St David's Park
Heol Ffynnon Job/Job's Well Road
Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen
SA31 3HB

Rhif ffôn mewnol/Internal telephone number: 6451
Rhif ffôn allanol/External telephone number: 01267 246451
[email address]

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