SEND Improvements Programme eNewsletter- October edition

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SEND Improvements Programme eNewsletter


Welcome to the latest edition of this newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to keep you updated on the most recent information from our SEND Improvement Programme journey.

Stockport Local Offer is being updated- We need your feedback!

The Stockport Local Offer website brings together a range of support services and information for children and young people aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  You can find information and advice from specialist health/Therapy services, all working together to support children and families with SEND.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: If you can't find what you are looking for or would like to tell us what you think about our Local Offer, please click here to go to our feedback page.  

stockport local offer webpage

Values and Principles

Co-production is very important to us. As you may know, we have held listening events at various points throughout the year. This has allowed for us to shape values and behaviours that underpin our relationship with parents, schools and children as well as being able to look at areas of development. We are currently looking to put together similar sessions with parents for the next stage of our work. Dates are yet to be confirmed but if you are interested in being involved, please contact

Myth-buster: What do we mean by Special Educational Needs & Diabilities?

The term Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) encompasses a wide range of learning needs. The SEND Code of Practice states these children may need extra help and support because of a range of additional needs, such as:

  • Communication and interaction;
  • Cognition and learning;
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties; and
  • Sensory and/or physical needs.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The definition of disability encompasses a broader range of impairments than might be commonly assumed, including children and young people with autism, those with Tourette's syndrome and those with communication, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Key events and information

Our SEND Improvement Journey- Parents & Carers wanted!

As part of our ongoing conversation about Special Education Needs and Disability SEND and our continued focus to improve services for children, young people and families, we will be hosting parent & carer engagement events to update on progress so far and our priorities.

We need your support in distributing the information below with parents/carers who may be interested to find out more since we held similar sessions earlier in the year.

The events will take place on:

·         Thursday 7th November from 12.30 to 14.30Book HERE

·         Tuesday 12th November from 17.30 to 19.30 – Book HERE

Venue:  Guildhall, Stockport  169-171 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA

 This is a FREE event and light refreshments will be available!

Parent Involvement

Introduction to sensory system workshop

8th November 10am-1pm. Free to attend, no need to book!

Adswood Youth Centre, Stockport

Autisk are excited to welcome to Breanne Black who will be delivering a introduction to sensory systems workshop. 

Breanne works for Manchester NHS and is a experience Paediatric Occupational Therapist with specialist skills in working with children with sensory Processing Disorder.


Stockport Local Fund- Applications welcome 4th by November


The Stockport Local Fund is a new £1m fund to support great ideas that make a difference in our communities. It's investing in local activities and projects that help people to join together and make our neighbourhoods even better places to live in and to grow up and older in.

We urge all groups that work with vulnerable children and young people to apply.

Stockport Local Fund