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31 August - 60th edition

SEND News and Update

Welcome to this edition of the SEND News Bulletin.  This week includes information on

  • Transitions

  • SNAP PCF - Information Session
  • What's On
  • Sense-sational Festival

  • Children's Centres SEND Support Coffee Mornings


We have put together a list of websites and webpages which parents and carers and young people may find useful when thinking about transitions. By transitions, we mean children or young people who are:

  • starting school for the first time
  • moving primary school to secondary school
  • joining a new class or school
  • leaving school for college or work-based learning
  • leaving education altogether

Starting lower/primary school

Early Years

BBC Bitesize – online games to prepare children for their first day at primary school.

Starting middle/secondary/upper school


BBC Bitesize – tips and videos on different topics such as making new friends, the size of secondary school and what a typical day might look like.

Moving Up! an animation video by Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families about the transition to secondary school.  Aimed to help year 7 and 6 pupils feel more confident, less anxious and better equipped to cope with the changes associated with moving to secondary school.

YouTube video – animated video sharing top tips for children transitioning to secondary school.

TES – five tips from a headteacher to help parents support their children with starting secondary school.

Young Minds – a short film to help children prepare for the transition between primary and secondary school.

Mental Health England’s Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities – easy read guides for pupils and a guide for parents on moving to secondary school.

Post 16

Post 16

Find Your Future Careers Portal - You will find lots of useful information around making education and careers choices, apprenticeships and finding work.

Career Pilot – help with choosing post 16 options.

Mencap – advice and support on further education.

Central Bedfordshire Local Offer – Further and Higher Education page has information  on the funding available to disabled students, and links to online resources for disabled students thinking about university.

Central Bedfordshire Local Offer – the Employment and Training page has information on different pathways into employment.

Youth Support Service – provides information, advice and careers guidance to support young people to access education, employment or training opportunities. It also co-ordinates the provision of youth work and positive activities.

Department for Education transitions leaflet – questions for young people with SEND and their families to ask schools when transitioning to Year 11.

For all ages

Young Minds – transitions guide for pupils with SEND.

Transition Information Network (Council for Disabled Children) – My Future Choices magazine is for disabled young people. All of the stories are written by young people and gives an opportunity to share with other young people how they have successfully transitioned into adulthood.

Mentally Healthy Schools – this is aimed at schools but still has information on transitions which may be useful for parents and carers.

Department for Education returning to school leaflet – questions for young people with SEND and their families to ask schools after a period of absence.

SNAP – Special Needs And Parents Charity Summer Survival Guide 2020 – school transition top tips from the charity, Special Needs and Parents (SNAP).

SNAP PCF - Information Session

If you would like to join SNAP PCF please complete their Membership form 


What's on

More events and workshops that are being held this month are on our What's On Calendar 

Sense-sational Festival, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, 24 and 25 September 2022. 

Sense-sational Festival is a unique celebration event at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcoming children with learning difficulties and their families. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as sensory interactive events and discounted entry, Sense-sational Festival is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.


More information and how to book

Children's Centres SEND Support Coffee Mornings

Leighton Buzzard Mencap Opportunity Group
Thursdays 10 – 11:30 (Termtime only) 

Casual chat & play session for parents, carers & their children who have additional needs. Support for parents, carers & their children who have additional needs.
Ring 01525 384368 to book on.

SEND Stay and Play
Every Friday from 10:00 – 11:0
0 am
Dunstable Children’s Centre

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8106/0300 300 8104

SEND Support coffee afternoon every second Monday of the month,
1:30 – 2:3
0 pm
Shefford and Stotfold Children’s Centre

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8112

SEND Support coffee afternoon every 4th Thursday of the month,
1:30 – 2:30 am
Flitwick Children’s Centre 

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8111

SEND Coffee morning, Stay and Play every first and third Friday of the month,
10:30 – 11:30 am
Houghton Regis Children’s Centre 

If you would like to book a space please call 0300 300 8115

Support group for parents or carers with children who have SEND
Biggleswade Youth Centre - every other Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Fortnightly catch ups and support online and face-to-face.  A chance to speak to professionals from the CDC, Early Years Support Team, Speech and Language plus more.

To book a free place contact Karen on 0300 300 6009 or email

Please visit the Local Offer for more information on activities, services, advice and support across Central Bedfordshire for children and young people with SEND or follow us on Facebook

We hope you have found the information in the bulletin helpful. We would love to hear your feedback and what you would like to see in future editions.  Please let us know by emailing

Do you provide a service or run events for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We would like to offer providers the opportunity to advertise local SEND services and events in our fortnightly SEND news bulletin, on our local offer Facebook page and to be included in the local offer What's On page.

If you would like to be featured then please email details about your service and/or event to