SEND Improvement Journey E-Newsletter- December

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The SEND e-newsletter team would like to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

The SEND e-newsletter gives information and news about what is new and being developed in the world of SEND and the Local Offer in Stockport.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas and news articles to this edition.

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Thank you and Happy Retirement Cathy


It has been our pleasure to work with Cathy Lyall for a number of years. Cathy is now starting the next phase of life’s adventure, otherwise known as retirement.

Cathy has been a headteacher for over 30 years in Stockport, most recently at Ladybridge Primary School, before joining Stockport Council as a Strategic Lead for SEND and Inclusion in Education Services. 

It is an honour and privilege to work with such a committed and a wonderful colleague who has gone over and beyond to bring about change to positively impact children and young people in Stockport.

Thank you so much for your passion, commitment and energy - you will be missed!

SEND Champions meeting on the 10th January 2020


We are creating a Network of SEND Champions to help connect parents/carers with support and advice from people with experience of the issues they may be facing. If you are interested in joining and shaping our Network of SEND Champions, please email us

Our second network of champions meeting is on Friday 10th January 2020 at Stopford House.


Parents/Carers Drop in Session on the 20th January 

We are holding monthly drop-in sessions for parents/carers to talk to leaders from the local area about issues that matter to them.

Our January session is being held jointly with the Together Trust on Monday 20th January from 10am to 12noon at The Together Trust, Schools Hill, Cheadle SK8 1JE

Together Trust Coffee Mornings

Changes to Parents in Partnership (PIPS)

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***Important update***

At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 9th December 2019, Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS), the official Parent Carer Forum for Stockport decided unanimously to change their name to Parents and Carers Together Stockport (PACT Stockport). The change of name follows an independent review (which recommended PIPS make clearer its purpose and independence from the Council and CCG) and a poll of members to find a new name.

It was also agreed unanimously that the forum should be able to advocate for individual parent/carers in conversations with professionals and this will now be written into the constitution.
The change from PIPS to PACT Stockport will begin on 3rd March 2020 at the Information Day at the Alma Lodge Hotel. The forum will remain known as PIPS till then.

About PIPS

PIPS is Stockport’s official local parent carer forum run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child/young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years with special educational needs & disabilities including any additional need. PIPS was founded in 2008 through Department for Education funding “Aiming high Short Breaks Agenda”.

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What do PIPS do 

PIPS offers an opportunity for families to come together,  receive the latest training, share information, experiences and to provide support to each other. To read more, please click here

Key event

They also put together a number of key events throughout the year. Please look out for the  SEND Information Day which will take place on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Alma Lodge 

Update: Autism services being mapped for children and young people 0-25 Years

We have started a piece of work which maps services that support children and young people with SEND from 0-25 years. You can view this in our Local Offer website 

Whilst this is not the final format, it is still informative. We hope to finish this work by the time we issue the next E-Newsletter on Friday 31st January 2020. 

What to expect from the autism pathway

There are a range of services available around autism based on the age of the child or young person. We are mapping this in our Local Offer webpage to make it easier for parents/carers, professionals and children/young people to know what services are out there for them.

We need you to help

If you feel that a service i.e health, council etc is not listed within the relevant section, we would welcome you to get in touch with us via email and let us know what you feel should be listed.

We are not listing community groups or charities in the autism pathway unless they specifically cater to autism i.e Autisk. Community groups that cater to the SEND cohort largely will feature in the Stockport Local Directory.

If you would like to find out more about Autism please go to our Autism page on the Local Offer.

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Consultation on the Outcomes Framework

Have your say

We are working hard to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people, including those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

As part of this work we have co-produced with children, young people and families a set of outcomes which create a framework for measuring how well every child or young person, including those with SEND, reaches their own goals.

These outcomes will be a framework for measuring how well every child or young person, including those with SEND, reaches their own goals. 

We would like to know whether you think these are the right outcomes. We will use your views and opinions to confirm the outcomes and then to help improve the way local services are developed. The survey will help identify any trends or areas for further improvement in partnership with children, young people and families.

Click HERE to view the link to the consultation.  

The survey should take approximately 4-5 minutes to complete.

Closing date is 3rd of January 2020.

If you have any questions or queries, please email

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SEND Parents/Carers Events and Feedback 

On the 7th and 12th November, approximately 30 parents met with a number of senior leaders from across the Borough to talk about progress and changes since the inspection.

There was rich discussion about:

1: Education, Health and Care Plans - Find out what an EHCP's here
2: Review of the Local Offer - Find out more about the Local Offer here
3: The Entitlement Framework- Find out what the Entitlement Framework here
4: Riding the Rapids - Read more about this training here
5: Our Co-Production Charter - Find out more about the Co-Production charter here
6: What things have changed since the Inspection
7: Actions we will take
8: How people felt at the end of the sessions

The presentation and photos from the sessions can be viewed at on the Stockport Local Offer webpage as well as an outcomes document (see image below) with comments, questions and answers from the sessions and a list of actions we will take as a result of what we discussed.

outcomes from engagement sessions

SEND Young Ambassadors

SEND Young Ambassadors are a new group of young people in Stockport who meet regularly with Health and Local authority service leads to improve and co-produce services supporting children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.  SEND Young Ambassadors are part of Stockport’s SEND Improvement journey and they will share their experiences of health, education and social care support that to help inform future services.

If you or you know a young person who would like to be involved or if you would like more information, you can contact us on the following:

Email: or

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Help at Christmas time...

Christmas can be a difficult time when everyone is busy. If you feel you need any help, here are some useful contacts.

Emergency helpline over xmas

Christmas dinners and company

The following are offering free Christmas dinners to those in need this year. Whether you need to get out the house for a couple of hours or whether you're feeling lonely...

Christ with All Saints’ Church
All Saints Road
Heaton Norris SK4 1QA
Contact Jane Cawsey (organiser) to book – Tel 07875774427 or

Zaynies, 508 Hempshaw Lane, Offerton, SK2 5TL
This year on Christmas Day we will be open from 12-3pm. For those in NEED we will be providing Christmas dinner for anyone that wants it/needs it
If you know of anyone who is unable to come into the shop and would like us to drop a Christmas dinner box off please get in contact and we will arrange it.
If you know anyone who will be lonely on Christmas Day and would like some company on Christmas they are more than welcome to spend a couple of hours here at Zaynies with us please let us know so we can arrange. Telephone 07429 160939 to book a place

Home Instead Senior Care Stockport 
Rose Walker Centre
Essex Avenue
Don’t be alone, come and join us on Christmas Day
11.45am to 2pm Christmas dinner for Stockport Seniors
To book your place please call Clare Cliff on 0161 480 0646

The Launch Project
Natalie Lek and her group is offering a free Christmas Dinner to anyone who wants one again this year.
Visit The Launch Project on Facebook or email
Natalie offers free Christmas Dinner to single people, the elderly and vulnerable people who are either spending Christmas alone or struggling financially.

St Cuthberts
Open Christmas Eve 9am to 8pm
0161 485 3250 (John Berry) or

Hyde- Hatton Grange Care Home
Older people only with needs considered 0161 368 4484 this can include socially isolated – Must live within 5 miles of the home.
Oldham Street, Hyde SK14 1LN
0161 368 4484

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