SEND Education in Lockdown – Q&A Sessions

by | Feb 2, 2021 | Updates

On Wednesday 20th January Parent Carer Forum Devon hosted two Q&A sessions –

Morning Session

Evening Session

Parent Carers were able to speak directly with professionals from Devon County Council, Babcock and Devon Schools Leadership Services:

  • Julia Foster, Senior SEND Manager (DCC)
  • Jeanette Savage, Strategic Lead for SEND & Inclusion (Babcock)
  • Jenny Clayton, SEND Transport Team Leader (DCC)
  • Melanie Smallwood, Headteacher, Bishops Tawton Primary School (DSLS)
  • Graham Hill, Headteacher Pilton Community College (DSLS)
  • Amy Bickford, Participation Worker (DCC)


To help you navigate the video, here is a list of topics and when you can find them:

00:05:28 – Transport (worries about covid transmission in taxis and other transport)

00:08:30 – EHCP provision, what should we expect in lockdown

00:13:25 – Pressure to send children into school

00:20:05 – Supporting children with school work and the pressures of home schooling. Who can you talk to for support?

00:26:33 – Advisory teacher visits

00:30:20 – EHCP assessments

00:33:00 – Raising SEND questions with schools

00:36:32 – SEN support or support for children not yet recognised as SEN who are struggling

00:45:10 – Multidisciplinary working

To help you navigate the video, here is a list of topics and when you can find them:

00:07:23 – How do you manage the different experiences being had by children with EHCPs?

00:12:57 – Babcock support services

00:15:58 – Support for all children with SEND in Devon to access their education at home or at school. How to ask for help

00:28:28 – Adapted work for different needs (eg visual impairment)

00:33:55  – Alternative provision and tutors

00:38:07  – Access arrangements and exams

00:42:01 – Limited attendance in specialist settings

00:48:36 – Lessons learnt from children who are finding it easier to access education at home than at school