SEND partnership newsletter - August 2023

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August 2023, Bradford district 


Are you a parent or carer to a young person leaving school or college?

All schools and colleges have a statutory responsibility to ensure that young people have access to careers advice.

The careers adviser works with students and parents to provide information, advice and guidance and raise awareness of the opportunities available after school. Careers advisers are trained to work with a wide range and level of students including young people with an Education, Health and Care plan.

The Council's Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) advisers are all preparing for the new academic year and will be available to support with options in sixth form and college of further education courses, training providers, supported employment and other opportunities.

Check with your child's school to see who your careers adviser is and how to access them.

You can also contact Skills House, our Bradford district's support for education, training and skills development, phone 01274 437373 or visit


Update from the Transport team 

During the summer we have been busy allocating new transport arrangements for students for when they begin their new school term. 

Parents and carers whose children attend 5-16 and post 16 (sixth form) will have received or be recieving a letter from Passenger Transport service detailing your transport offer for September 2023.

If you have a young person attending a college setting please bear with us, we can’t allocate travel arrangement until the colleges make us aware of their start dates. Letters and phone calls will follow as soon as we have this information from the colleges. You will also receive a parent/carer handbook, there is some really useful information in the booklet so please take time to read as it will answer a lot of the questions you may have.

The start of any new term can be challenging for many students, parents/carers, PTS staff and our external suppliers. New arrangements can take some time to bed in and for routines to be formed. It will take a few days for drivers and passenger escorts familiarise themselves with their new routes and we can experience some lateness at school. Please bear with us and our external suppliers during this time. 

If you were late submitting your application for September transport we will be working through these applications and there maybe some delays in getting arrangement in place. We will contact you as soon as we have a travel offer ready.

Thinking Big

Thinking Big

Thinking Big runs a monthly get-together from 10am until 2pm in Bradford, Keighley and Menston with guest speakers on a variety of topics.

Members include parents, foster-carers and people who care for and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities from birth to 25 years.

If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please email and we will be happy to help.

Read more about Thinking Big here at Bradford Local Offer

Family Hubs

Access Family Hubs across Bradford district 

Bradford’s Family Hubs aim to make a positive difference to families by offering a wide range of services close to where you live. All the activities and support provided are completely free. There are four main family hubs for each area of the district:


  • East - Barkerend Family Hub BD3 8QX
  • WestFarcliffe Family Hub BD8 8QH
  • South - Reevy Hill Family Hub BD6 3ST
  • Keighley and Shipley - Rainbow Family Hub, Keighley BD22 6JB

Here are some of the activities you can access:

Cygnet support programme - giving an opportunity to parents and carers to develop their understanding of autism and look at practical solutions to support their child. It also provides the opportunity to meet other carers and hear about their experiences in an informal but supportive atmosphere. More details can be found on the webpage Parenting Programmes for Families.

Book a Sensory Room - a therapeutic space for all families devoted to relaxing and developing the senses. Bookable in one-hour slots – just call your local hub. 

Terrific Twos

Terrific Twos - are you ready for the new term? 

A gentle reminder that anyone looking to register for 15 hours of free childcare for two-year-old's can still get in touch with a nursery or childminder to check if they have spaces. 

Children are eligible for the free two-year old childcare if you meet the criteria found here:

Children qualify who have special educational needs, and/or disabilities and have a SEN statement or an Education, Health and Care plan or receives Disability Living Allowance.

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds Bradford 

'This May Help' campaign

This May Help is an initiative sponsored by Healthy Minds.

The team spoke to experts by experience, service and ex-service users, community mental health nurses, Child and Young People Mental Health Services (was CAMHS) doctors and qualified professionals to work out the best and most helpful practical advice possible.

On the website you will find lots of easy-to-follow advice to help families manage their child’s mental health, including short films and downloadable sheets. Top tips on a wide range of topics include better sleep, de-escalating anger, school avoidance, self-care tips for parents and parenting a child with mental health issues.


Five Stars for Bradford Portage Service

Bradford Portage service fulfils all of the National Portage Association essential and desirable criteria to be awarded five star accreditation for 2023 – 2024.

The Portage Team would like to thank all of the wonderful families who receive Portage, and the colleagues and settings that support us.

You can find out more about Bradford Portage here.

Incredible Years Preschool – new programme for parents and carers of children aged 3 to 4 years

Incredible Years Preschool is a brand new programme being delivered by Barnardo’s for families with children aged 3 to 4 years.

The programme will be suitable for any family that would like a bit of extra help with child attachment, speech and language development, their behaviour, or confidence with social situations. The programme promotes positive children’s social, emotional, and language development through praise and encouragement.

  • The programmes will be delivered by trained facilitators, in-person, at convenient venues across the Bradford district.
  • Parents/carers attend sessions without their child (creche can be provided).
  • Learn techniques to practice with your child at home.
  • 16-week programme.
  • Each session is 2 hours and includes refreshments.
  • Includes resources to use at home.

Families can self-refer, or practitioners can make a referral.

Find out more on the FYI website where you can also apply online for a place

This free programme for families is funded by the district’s Family Hubs and Start for Life programme.  

boy asleep

New sleep service

Sleep Tight Bradford District and Craven, a new sleep service, can provide specialist one-to-one sleep clinics for parents of children, aged 2-11 years old who are experiencing sleep difficulties. 

Run by the Together Trust, a charity highly experienced in providing sleep services, their sleep practitioners will work with families to create a personalised sleep plan for children so that everyone can get a good night’s sleep. 

If you’re a parent or carer living in Bradford District, find out more about Sleep Tight Bradford District and Craven here.

For further resources and advice from the Together Trust, including sleep tips for babies and young children, visit The Together Trust here.

Carers respurce

Male carers invited to channel their inner Bear Grylls with ‘bushcraft day’

Male carers in the Bradford, Craven and Harrogate areas can reconnect with nature and learn essential survival skills by taking part in a free ‘bushcraft day’ on Monday 4 September organised by Carers’ Resource.

Run by the charity’s ‘Men Care Too’ project, the event will provide a fun day of bushcraft activities and campfire chat in a beautiful woodland and camping area on Baildon Moor, north of Bradford.

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Goran by emailing  or phone 07874 867136.

Find out more about bushcraft day.

school transition


We thought it would be a good time to share some useful animations videos about transition for primary and secondary school. We hope everyone's transition journey goes well but the team are always available for advice. 

If you use Facebook, you can find us at Bradford Sendiass | Bradford | Facebook 

Transition from primary to secondary animation

Transition from secondary to post 16 animation