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i-go… the passport to leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities or special needs in East Sussex

Schools,( including academies and free schools) are responsible for meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs from their total resources.

I have had personal dealings with Headstart school because of my son and his needs. This school has enabled not just my son, but also myself, to access parts of normal life we never thought possible and for my son to succeed. The school and it's staff have enabled us to have the mother son connection we could not access because of his behaviour prior to coming to Headstart. I cannot thank Headstart enough.

Headstart - Built by inspiration, created from a dream. Each building block planned to bring confidence and esteem

This strategy builds on our previous SEN and Inclusion Strategy and Disabled Children's Strategy. The aim is to ensure that all children and young people, whatever their needs, are able to realise their potential. Download the Strategic Plan for Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 2009-11 (Adobe PDF, 700KB). 

Every school receives an additional amount of money to enable them to provide special education for children and young people with SEN. They should meet the needs of most children with SEN from this money.

i-go is FREE and is for children and young adults who:

Dear Caroline, I would like to thank you for the inspirational training session you led today for the University of Brighton undergraduates. Your presentation was engaging and full of useful strategies for trainee teachers to employ on their placements. The wealth of knowledge and experience that you bought to seminar will stand them in good stead as they embark on their journeys to becoming outstanding practitioners.

SEND reforms: Guidance, exemplars and templates for the new School/College based plans and Education, Health and Care assessment and planning are now available on our new SEND reform pages.

Or for the current full list of i-go leisure partners click here

So far our experience of Headstart School has been a positive one. My daughter started in May this year and has made improvements educationally, emotionally and socially. The care and understanding of her needs are second to none and I would recommend this type of schooling environment for any child no matter what their needs.

 i-go leisure card- eastsussex.gov.uk for online applications.

For guidance re funding  to pupils with SEN at  school please download Operational Guidance below:

The aim of this guidance is to help those involved in supporting a child or young person with SEN to understand how children are assessed as having SEN. Download the SEN register guidance (Adobe PDF, 300KB).

The school provides a caring and purposeful working atmosphere where pupils and staff respect one another, and where pupils can work in a good humoured and enjoyable learning environment. Pupils achieve well and make good progress. This is because of good teaching and the use of an effective curriculum.

Our foster son has been out of school for over two years, and he was difficult to place but now we have found Head Start he is growing as a person and finally enjoying school. I feel this is down to the ethos, fine teaching skills and behavioural management of the truly exceptional teachers and staff at Head Start school. Well done and keep up the excellent work!

Forms for annual reviews can be downloaded from SEN forms and guidance notes.

If a pupil with SEN needs more than £6000 worth of SEN support, they may need an Educational, Health and Care assessment to see if an Education, Health and Care Plan is needed. The school should be clear and transparent about the amount of funding that has been used to support a child or young person with SEND. The local authority will need this information when considering whether to do an Education, Health and Care assessment.

SEN Matrix - County Council website Information on how we apply the national SEN code of practice in East Sussex. This is currently being redrafted in light of the new regulations.  

Supporting your work with children and families in East Sussex

I think what this school offers young students is nothing like i've heard before, it is unique in its environment, care and teaching. Headstart school I believe is a lovely environment to grow and learn in. A huge part of why this school is truly one to recommend is clearly because of the passion and devotion from the teachers and head teachers.

Any i-go card holder aged 11 to 19 can now apply for a FREE 3i-D card. Please see the 3i-D application form and guidance notes attached. We hope that many i-go card holders will take up this FREE offer!

The SEN Code of Practice provides advice for schools, pre-school and nursery settings, local authorities, and other children’s services professionals on identifying, assessing and supporting children with SEN.

This is the basic school funding. It is an amount of money for each pupil in the school, and should be used to provide education and support for all pupils in the school including those with SEN and disabilities.

School Funding High Needs Operational Guidance (Adobe PDF, 474KB)

The i-go project is run by Information for Families together with Rockinghorse Children's Charity at East Sussex County Council with funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

For details of providers please see the ESCIS (East Sussex Community Information Services) please see form below:

From September 1st 2014, all requests for statutory assessment will be dealt with under the new legislation as requests for Education, Health and Care Assessments.  The new forms and guidance can be downloaded from:

ISEND Assessment & Planning TeamPO Box 4, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1UESee a map of this address

Help us find more partners. Tell your local leisure providers about i-go - ask us for leaflets to give them. And tell us where you want to go and what you want to do.

This school has transformed my daughter's life. She is flourishing educationally and socially and the school is amazingly responsive to each child's needs. Sports days and Christmas shows are emotional occasions because there is also a lot of love at this school and it shows! Every year I am blown away by what individual children have achieved, the staff are fantastic and never seem to give up or give in.

East Sussex

Get involved! Enjoy i-go benefits, apply online at: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/i-go-leisure-card/

A document for a school to self review its support and provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities can be downloaded via the below links.

i-go is not open to Brighton and Hove residents unless you access education in East Sussex. Brighton and Hove residents can apply for a Compass Card by contacting Amaze.

We have more than 80 leisure partners already registered with the scheme, covering 77 different locations. These include leisure centres, attractions, activities and clubs, such as Wave and Freedom Leisure, Tumble Tots and Hailsham Pavilion.

Hi Caroline, Thank you for chatting to us today and for showing us round, we will be in touch if we are lucky enough to get the LA to agree to the school of our choice, we loved the way you were so passionate about the work you and your school do.

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Call us on 0345 60 80 192 or email informationforfamilies@eastsussex.gov.uk

i-go is a county wide scheme improving access to leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs age 0-25 in East Sussex.