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Hub Provision for Statemented Children - Survey Analysis
Following the response from Kirsty Williams regarding the documented guidance for supporting pupils with Additional Learning Needs and/or Disabilities during COVID-19 lockdown we conducted a Wales-wide survey regarding any contact they received from their LEA and/or school regarding hub childcare provision for their statemented child.
We received a total of 189 responses from most counties across Wales (with zero responses from Merthyr Tydfil and Wrexham). The results have been analysed and we have produced a report of its findings. You can read the report in full here.
Key finding are:
- 76.2% of all respondents had no contact from their school and/or LEA to determine whether or not their statemented child required a hub placement
- Of the 189 responses, only 27 were in the shielding category, therefore this was not a reason for non-contact
- Children who attend specialist settings or a specialist base within a mainstream school made up 49% of the responses, but 66% of those contacted regarding hub provision
We accept that some schools may have conducted in-house reviews of children, however the guidance states that parent/carers should be involved in the process, and lockdown with schooling at home is a vastly different environment to typical schooling. Therefore, in-house reasoning may not have been accurate.
Our findings have been sent to Kirsty Williams. Should you wish to comment on this matter, or if you would like your views to be raised in our meetings with Welsh Government, please email email@example.com.
As part of our online focus group sessions, we will be holding discussions around education. If you’d like to join the mailing list to be notified of these sessions, please use this form.
Online Focus Group Pilot Scheme
- What was your best experience during the crisis?
- What was your worst experience during the crisis?
- What do you want to see happen post COVID?
- What don’t you want to see post COVID?
Response from Kirsty Williams
This evening (8th July 2020) we received a response from Kirsty Williams to our letter dated 16th June 2020 regarding the lack of documented guidance for schools concerning the return of pupils with Additional Learning Needs and/or Disabilities.
You can read her response in full here.
This has prompted us to send out a short survey to parent/carers in Wales regarding any contact they received from their Local Education Authority and/or school regarding hub childcare provision for their statemented child. This survey can be found here.
We will provide an update with the results over the next few days.
June 2020 Newsletter
Letter to Kirsty Williams MS regarding the guidance for schools returning during the covid-19 pandemic
We wrote to Kirsty Williams MS on 16th June 2020 with the concerns of our stakeholders regarding the lack of documented guidance for schools concerning the return of pupils with Additional Learning Needs and/or Disabilities, particularly for those who attend mainstream provisions (as some specific guidance has been provided for Special Schools).
We are concerned that the needs of these pupils and their parent/carers have not been fully considered, and have requested a response that we can provide to our stakeholders before schools reopen on 29th June.
You can read our letter here.