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G & M Murphy Learning Ltd

Education Consultants

G & M Murphy Learning Ltd

Supporting schools across Merseyside

Autumn 2019 term Newsletter

Did you know?

Some information we have noted recently.

Ofsted - draft new Framework

  • Comes into use on September 1st
  • Ensure your website is "inspection ready"
  • Note latest documents from DFE
  • Ensure your privacy notices meet the latest requirements. --https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-protection-and-privacy-privacy-notices
  • Are you part of the Teaching for Mastery Maths Programme ? --https://www.gov.uk/guidance/join-the-maths-teaching-for-mastery-programme
  • Are you Brexit Ready?
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england

Special Needs Jungle top ten EHCP Tips

1.Is the EHC Plan dated and signed? It is from the date of the final, signed and dated EHC Plan that your Local Authority becomes responsible for the provision in it.

2 Diagnoses all there? Are all of your child/young person’s diagnoses in Section B?

3 Wording should be specific – if you have expert reports saying ‘X has a diagnosis of dyslexia’ make sure this is inserted in Section B.

4 Does your EHC Plan include contradictory information? If so the incorrect information should be removed.

5 Is the information current? Anything older than two years old should be removed and updated.

6 Do you understand it? If you don’t understand your child’s EHC plan it is not doing its job properly. Does it need to be written in a simpler format?

7 Is it all still there? If your child/young person has transferred from a SSEN to an EHC Plan – has any of the therapies they were receiving ‘disappeared’?

8 Is therapy in the right place? If your child/young person is receiving SALT/OT etc. are these included in Section F? If they are only included in the Health sections, your Local Authority cannot be forced to provide them;

9 Provision should be quantified - ‘access to,’ ‘opportunities for’ and ‘to provide’; essentially allows the LA to provide as much or as little as they want. In terms of provision/therapies think, what, by who, how often, for how long?

10 If it isn't provided: If provision is quantified in Section F and the LA stop providing it, they can be forced to restart via a simple pre-action protocol letter on Solicitor’s headed paper.

G&M Murphy Learning Ltd

How we can help with all of the above.

Forthcoming events this half term:

1 Wirral SENDCO Group Meeting 4th February 2019 St John's Catholic Juniors - £55 a delegate

2 Halton Sendco Group Meeting 5th February St Gerard;s Primary Widnes -

3. Pupil Premium and Sports Premium - for Capital Training 8th February Formby

4 Liverpool Sendco network 12th February St Swithins

5. Pupil Premium LACE 26th February £110 per delegate.

If you are interested in any of the above please get in touch.


If you wish to host one of our workshops and receive free places for your staff please let us know.

[email protected]

G & M Murphy Learning Ltd

We have worked across Merseyside, Manchester and the Midlands with over 300 schools with a particular focus on SEND Health Checks, Pupil premium reviews, website compliance, policy drafting, Ofsted preparation.GDPR, Governor training and Equal Opportunities.

Our cost for a day’s single consultancy is £325 and for the two of us £450 a day which includes bespoke preparation, support materials and follow up report and recommendations.

We also offer a website compliance annual SLA to provide a detailed website check and report each term.- 30 schools have taken up this service – the annual charge is £350.


We currently work with schools in the development of thinking skills


If you have any comments on the information provided or require any further details do please get in touch.


Best wishes

Ged & Mary Murphy

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