In Partnership... July 2016

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Coventry Send

A round up of all things SEND in Coventry

From The Manager's Office

It may be hard to believe from the weather outside but it's July today! And as we head towards the Summer, you might be thinking about what is coming in the next year of school, or simply how you will keep yourselves and the kids busy over the summer holidays!? Hopefully some of the information in this bulletin will give you some ideas on both fronts. If you are aware of activities or groups meeting during the summer and would like others to know about them, let us know by Friday 15 July and we can include them in our last bulletin of this school year.

It's a busy end to the term for many, and no different here at SEND IASS. We have 200 people booked in for our "The A Word Live!" event on Tuesday 12 July (more on that next time!) and hope to appoint a Children & Young Person's Officer next week to support our offer to children and young people. 


Chris Firth

SEND IASS manager



EHC Assessment and Plans survey


The Local Authority is always looking to hear your views about how you find things are working in Coventry. There is now an open survey to collate the views of children, young people and their families involved in the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment and Plan process. 

So whether you found the process easy or difficult, enlightening or infuriating, here's the opportunity to get your views heard.

Still have a statement of SEN?

The transferring of children and young people who have a Statement of SEN is due for completion by April 2018. The Local Authority has a "Transition plan" in place to show when they intend to transfer pupils who have not yet been through the transfer process. 

This has recently been updated, and also shows the progress that has been made so far. Coventry had around 1400 statements, and a number of Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA's) in post-16 institutions in September 2014, which has meant a large number of transfers are due to take place in each academic year.

If you/your child has not been through this process yet, you can also request an "Independent Supporter" to help you through the process. Read more details of how to access a supporter, provided mainly through Grapevine for those transferring from a statement to an EHC Plan.  

Coventry's Local Offer

Coventry's "Local Offer" is always available, offering a central point for you to find out all you need to know about Special Educational Needs and Disability for children and young people (0-25) across Coventry. 

Whether you want to find out about a particular service - Occupational Therapy, the All-age disability team, Coventry SEND Early Years Support Service - or what leisure activities are available in Coventry, the Local Offer is a great place to start. 

You can also post your own views about the Local Offer and make suggestions on what can make it better!

Why not check it out and become more informed about the provision available both for now and thinking about the future:

Resources for parents and professionals

B.D.A eLearning and Resources for Parents


The British Dyslexia Association have a wide variety of resources available on their website: including informtion on the following:

  • Fundamentals of dyslexia awareness
  • Fundamentals of dyslexia support
  • Practical strategies for organisational skills

Transition Guidance and Support


NICE has published guidance on transition which covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children’s to adults’ services. It aims to help young people and their carers have a better experience of transition by improving the way it’s planned and carried out. It sets out how health and social care services should support young people and their families and carers as they move into adulthood, incorporating the requirements of the Care Act and Children and Families Act.

Skills for Health: Autism Guides for Health and Social Care Workers

Guides are now available for Health and Social Care Workers. 

  • How to be a PA for someone with autism.
  • How to be an autistic indivual employer
  • How to do an assessment for someone who had autism.

Autism Connect

Autism Connect is a website with resources that include a section on each Local Authority in England in relation to how they make positive changes and improving the lives of people with Autism. visit:

Young People


A free online Managing Money module to support anyone on the autism spectrum of an age where they are ready to start learning about managing cash, banking, savings, and debt has recently been launched. Created by in association with The National Autistic Society, it covers a wide range of money-related topics and can be completed in one visit or accessed section by section over as many visits as required.

The module was created to assist learners to recognise their strengths as well as the challenges they may experience with managing their money. It shares real-life experiences of autistic people about the sorts of difficulties they encounter, and how they successfully manage their money.

Whilst created for people with autism, it could also be suitable for youngsters with a range of other Special Educational Needs so if you’re looking to introduce or develop learning in managing money for you or your young person, it might be worth a look.

NB. You will be required to create an account in order to access it.

Upcoming Events

The Power of Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting are delivering a Triple P Seminar "The Power of Positive Parenting". This free session will give parents and carers lots of tips and ideas which will help with ways to manage children's behaviour and support development. 

When: Wednesday 6 July 2016, 9.00 am - 10.30 am

Where: Lawrence Saunders Road, Coventry, CV6 1HD

To book a session please contact Positive Parenting on 024 7678 6949 or freephone 0800 434 6127.

Park Walk

Carers Park Walk


Where:  War Memorial Park, Coventry, CV3 6PT

When: 16 July 2016, 10:00am start.

General registration fee: £5:00, 11-17 year olds: £3:00, children under 10 £2:00

Request a registration form: 024 7610 1040.

Changing Trax

Open Mic - Last Sunday of every month for performers aged 13 - 21 years

When:  31 July / 28 August, doors open 4-6pm

Where:  The Box @ Fargo Village

For more information contact 024 7622 4304 or email:



The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

The Curly Hair Project is a social enterprise that helps thousands of people around the world. Providing workshops based upon real life experiences that talk from the perspective of a person with ASD as well as a parent with a child who has ASD.

To see a complete list of the forthcoming workshops visit the website:

Curly hair

One Body One Life Summer Family Programmes.

One Body
  • 45 minutes of fun physical activity
  • 45 minutes healthy eating workshop
  • heath checks at the beginning and the end of the course.

Taking place at a various venues throughout the City.

For dates and times and to book your place please telephone  024 7678 5627 or email;



The Hope Programme

Hope Programme

Short Breaks for Summer

Short Breaks are currently putting together a summer programme of activities.

If you would like to know more or to book a place please telephone Jackie on 024 7678 7980. 

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