SEND Partnership Newsletter - May 2023

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May 2023, Bradford district

Website development

Have your say on the NEW Local Offer website

The is an in-person drop-in event!

Friday 9 June, 10am - 4pm

Come along any time between 10am and 4pm to meet the Local Offer team and the website development team.

We are inviting families, children, young people and professional services in the Bradford district to have your say on the development of the new Local Offer website. Please let us know what you think and what you want to see. 

Have your say on:

  • The quality of service information on the website.
  • How the website will look, helping with a new design.
  • How the website works, improving functionality and searching.
  • Testing the website so that it is ready for delivery to families in the Bradford district by November 2023.

To help us plan for the event, book your free ticket here. 

Refreshments will be provided during the day and please feel welcome to bring children with you.

Transport to school

The application deadline for for travel assistance is 9 June 2023

Families and professionals working with families who have a young person going through a phased transition to a new provision, please consider travel assistance in time for the 9 June deadline.

Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found on Bradford Council website.

Assistance with travel to home, school and college | Bradford Council

Travel assistance for compulsory school age children:

If your circumstances have not changed, you do not need to reapply if any of the following are relevant:

1) you have received a letter advising you that your child's travel arrangement will be renewed automatically.

2) Your child's school placement will be the same from September and your child is currently receiving travel assistance.

Travel assistance for Post-16 education:

You will need to make a new application if:

1) you are starting Post-16 education.

2) you have already had 3 years Post-16 assistance.

3) you are changing placement.


Feedback needed for the Social, Communication, Interaction and Learning (SCIL) team

The team which includes specialist teachers and practitioners, access and inclusion officers and an Early Years project support officer are asking for your feedback on their services.

The team offers specialisms in four key areas: Early Years, Communication and Interaction, Learning Support and Social Emotional and Mental Health. 

The survey will take only a few minutes to complete, but will help the team to develop their service. Please complete the survey here.

Since September the teams main focus has been on collaborating with staff in mainstream schools/settings. This has been to equip staff to identify and effectively support children and young people with Special Education Needs and disabilities through high quality teaching, reasonable adjustments and additional provision.

A spotlight on services...


In-person events with SEN Assessment and Social Care Children's Complex Health and Disability Team (CCHDT)

A few months ago we asked parents which services they would like to find out more about. Many of the responses said the SEN Education Team, and aspects of social care.

Please join the Forum at the Carlisle Business Centre on Wednesday 7 June, 10am until 12noon, to hear updates from Charlie Lowe, manager in the SEN Team, and have the opportunity to ask him questions.

Places are limited so please book here.

On Wednesday 28 June, 10am until 12noon, David Stephens, manager in the Children's Complex Health or Disabilities Team will be joining the Forum to tell us about the plans to update services, following the recent Social Care review. You may also submit questions for David before the event.

Places are limited so please book here.

To submit a question or if you are unable to attend but would like to ask a question, please contact:



The Down Syndrome Training & Support Service has won the Telegraph and Argus award for Community Involvement for Education and Training. Well done!

You can read the article published in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus here.

For more information about the education and training the service offers, click here to see the full prospectus available.

1 minute guides

One minute guides are really handy 

Don’t forget the Local Offer One Minute guides.

School’s should be implementing a graduated approach with SEN support for children and young people, the SEN Support One Minute guide explains what this looks like.

If the support at the SEN Support level doesn’t meet the needs of the child an Education, Health and Care Assessment will be requested. Our Requesting an EHCP One Minute guide explains how to do this.


What would you like to see in this newsletter?

Do you feel there is something we do not cover enough? Is there a service you want more information on? How can we improve this newsletter?

Our SEND Local Offer newsletter now has over 7000 subscribers. We want all families to be able to access this newsletter so please encourage families and front line staff to sign up here.

Whilst we are getting more services sending in updates, which services would you like to know more about? In-line with our Ofsted feedback we are focused on improving communication so any suggestions you have please send through to the email address: SENDT&

Written statement of action

Bradford’s Written Statement of Action monitoring update – May 2023

On 3 May, the Department for Education (DfE) and NHS England visited Bradford for their 2nd monitoring visit under the Written Statement of Action (WSOA).

DfE and NHS England were satisfied with the progress made to date under the delivery of Bradford’s WSOA. Stakeholders updated for each of the 5 areas for improvement where key developments were discussed.

From the 63 actions across the 5 improvement areas,10% were reported as BLUE which means the action has been completed. 44% were reported as GREEN which means the action is on track to meet the deadline outlined in the WSOA. 46% were reported as AMBER meaning these actions are in progress. There were no actions that are significantly delayed.

Please see our May SEND Strategic Partnership Update Presentation for further information. The full details of the Local Area SEND Inspection can be found on our Local Offer page.

Responding to the outcomes of our inspection

Stakeholder briefing: Bradford District special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

If you have any questions, email  

support groups

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) parent/carer support groups

Many of our parent/carer groups have their own newsletters and offer their own training and support.

We encourage all parent/carers to join a support group for peer to peer support and training, diagnosis specific support and to access some of the many opportunities our groups across Bradford offer to support families.

The groups often have many parent/carers with similar experiences, and many of the groups have leaders who are also parent/carers. The Parents' Forum for Bradford and Airedale (PFBA)  have gathered together a list of support groups in the Bradford area.

If you are a practitioner please can you share this list of support groups with any parent/carers you are in contact with. Signposting to support networks can really help.


Online parent-led advocacy course 

Bringing Us Together is delighted to offer a free online workshop starting on Monday 5 June (10am - 1pm) with a range of fantastic speakers on topics from housing, children's rights, the social model to person-centered planning. 

The course is run by a team of highly skilled and experienced trainers including those with lived experience for a special six session course. The workshops are welcoming, supportive and informative.

Open to any parent or family member with a child or young person with an autism spectrum disorder and/or a learning disability.

The team recommend booking on all six courses and if you are unable to attend you can still receive the recording.

For more information, email: or to book a place, email: 


Keep an eye on SENDIASS Facebook page for updates 

SENDIASS is the local area’s Information advice and support services for families with a child or young person who has SEND in the Bradford area. 

For any parents of children or young people where mental health is affecting attendance please like the SENDIASS Facebook page and keep an eye out for further information as the team will be sharing information on recently published guidance on school responsibilities in relation to this.

The team have also recently shared PowerPoint slides on exclusions and part-time timetables.

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