Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group

What is the east Kent’s “Local Offer” for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability?

The Children and Families Act was passed in March 2014. This means that Local authorities are required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care which will be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families.

It will make information available in one place about the services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. It is also an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. (more…)

Chatter Matters

KAEFamilyWould you like to:

  • Encourage your young child to express themselves?
  • Understand how children learn to talk, read and write?
  • Get new play, story, song and reading ideas?
  • Build your confidence and make new friends?

This course is for you!

Venue: The Willow Centre. Brookfield Road. Ashford, Kent. TN23 4EY
Date: 6th May – 24th June (term lime only)
Time: 9.30am· 12.00pm (more…)

Become more confident and gain self-esteem

referral education skills provision opportunities networks sustainability engagement6th, 13th, 20th May 2016, 9.30am – 12noon

Sign up for this 3 week course at
The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford

This course will Include all/some of the following:-

  • Awareness of replacing blame with praise
  • Focusing on positives
  • Body consciousness, self·care and making an impression.
  • Finding a voice; speaking out, being heard and being a good listener.
  • Strategies for working with negative emotions.

The courses are open to people over 19 and who are unwaged or in low paid work.

The course are FREE. (more…)

Save Water in your school

Water Saving Week
Why save water in your school?

  • Saving water at your school can help you save other resources: If you include the products we use as well as actual water use, our daily water consumption is 3400 litres! One sheet of A4 uses 10 litres of water to produce, so try and make sure it’s only used when essential!
  • Saving water at your school can save energy: Water needs energy to pump, treat and heat it, whilst energy needs a lot of water to produce it – so by saving one you’ll save the other! Saving water and energy will also save schools money as they are on a meter, as well as promoting sustainable behaviour and helping to protect the environment.
  • Saving water at your school can help educate people about the environment: By taking action and saving water (and energy as a result), your school will be actively demonstrating that anyone can use water more wisely and set a good example for future water consumers. Make sure you tell staff, parents and the wider community about your water saving actions!


Stories from ITL Apprentices

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In National Apprenticeship Week 2016 South Ashford based Integrated Technologies Ltd have checked  in with their apprentices to see how they are getting on.

James- Hardware Engineer

“I joined ITL in 2010 as an apprentice and have not looked back since.  The company has put me through various career enhancing courses including NVQ’s, BTECH qualifications and IPC Certification.

“I am studying for a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering on a part time basis one day a week at the University of Greenwich.

“I am now nearing the end of my degree with only another year and a half to go. The course has been taught over 5 years instead of the traditional 3 but it has allowed me to work at ITL 4 days a week and study on the others when required. (more…)