October 2019

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Wolverhampton Information, Advice, and Support




E-bulletin October 2019


Young People with SEND

Information Advice and Support Service needs young people to be involved!  

We are asking for a small group of young people who have special educational needs or a disability (SEND) to help us develop our service to ensure we are reaching out to young people with SEND in the community. The reason for this is so that young people become more engaged with the service and are better informed about their education, health and social care matters and the relevant law. Most of all we want to ensure they feel included and heard when decisions are being made.

The group will be fun and interactive but most of all will be steered by the young people attending. There will be the opportunity to meet new people and share your skills and ideas.

We are very excited about this project because we will be seeking young people's guidance and advice on our website, information resources and how we deal with enquiries and offer support. 

So, if you are a young person, have a son or daughter who you think would be interested, or you are a professional who is working with a young person who would like to help us, please give Lisa a call, to have an informal chat, or you can email. All the details are below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Colton 01902 558401 lisa.colton@wolverhampton.gov.uk          

Walking to School

Consultation on the Proposed All Age Travel Assistance Policy

The City of Wolverhampton Council wants to introduce a new policy to help more children and adults travel in an independent and safe way.

The Council are consulting on the proposed All Age Travel Assistance policy, which covers travel assistance arrangements to facilitate attendance at educational establishments and social care venues and they would like to listen to your views.

The consultation will take place between 2 September 2019 and 29 November 2019.

There is a focus group which will take place at the Civic Centre, from 10am to 11.30am on Saturday October 12. The Council really want to hear your views.

Find our more here

New Secondary School

Applications are now being taken for secondary school places for  2020 

Parents or guardians of pupils who are currently in Year 6 and are due to start at secondary school next year have until 31 October 2019 to apply for a place at their preferred schools.

To apply, please log on to School admissions and complete the short application process as soon as possible.

For help and advice, contact the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or email school.admissions@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

For those children with an Education, Health and Care Plan the admission for secondary school is dealt with through a different process co-ordinated by the Local Authority SEN team (SENSTART). IASS can offer you advice on this matter.

Open Days

Open Days for Secondary School Options


Secondary schools around Wolverhampton are inviting prospective pupils currently in Year 6 and parents over the coming weeks for open days.

Details are available at School open days or by contacting secondary schools directly.

For more information about education in the city, please visit Education and Schools​

Open Days for Seconary School Options

School Bus

Home to school travel and transport:

statutory guidance


The Department for Education is consulting on revised statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport. The guidance was last updated in 2014. There have been no changes to the law. The revised guidance seeks to clarify local authorities’ statutory duties in relation to home to school travel and transport policy, in response to feedback from local authorities and other interested parties. 

Click here to read the updated guidance and give your views

The survey will close 31st October 2019.

Health Check


Are you a Carer looking after someone

with a Learning Disability?


If so has your GP been in contact regarding the annual health check for the person you look after?

If not are you aware of the annual health checks that are offered?

If your surgery has been in contact and offered this service and you have declined – is there a reason why?

Would you be interested in taking part in a focus group that looks at health provision for people with learning disabilities?

Shirley Crook is undertaking research looking at health provision for people with learning disabilities. She would be really interested in hearing your views, especially regarding the GP annual health check. 

Please email Shirley Crook at shirleydiane.crook@gmail.com        

Contact - For Bitesize


BBC Bitesize Request for Help


BBC Bitesize is looking for a parent whose child attends a special primary school and has a few years’ experience of the school system, to write a piece for their website.

They are looking for tips for finding the right school for parents who are beginning to choose a school for their child to start in September 2020.

If you are interested Email press@contact.org.uk to find out more.           

Autism Hour is on

Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th October

For more information visit the website

Autistic Hour - October

Teen Chat Group

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Wildside Activity Centre


Wildside Activity Centre has some events

For more information see the flyer below or visit the website.

Wildside Activity Centre from October 2019

Red Earth Theatre

The Red Earth Theatre is bringing its latest show, Soonchild to Arena Theatre Wolverhampton on Fri 4 - Sat 5 October.

Perfect for SEN, Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, families (children 5+ years), Deaf and hearing to enjoy together. 

There will be live music, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, and a cosmic Northern Lights show.

Set in the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of John and his wife whose baby refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs. John embarks on a quest to find the songs and save the world, aided by a cool cast of Polar creatures.

To book please follow this link


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Give Us A Break Activities


Sunday session activity programme.


Give Us A Break Activities

To find out more about half term activities visit the Give Us A Break website

Tettenhall Wood School

Coffee Morning for parents and carers of children and young people with autism

Please see the flyer below for further information

Tettenhall Wood Coffee Mornings 2019-2020

Children's Activities

Holiday Squad to return

for Half-Term


A activity programme designed to keep children and young people engaged and entertained will be coming back for the October half-term.

Events and activities on offer in the city for children, young people and their families between Saturday 26 October and Sunday 3 November.

Events and activities will be from arts and crafts and sports and games to holiday clubs and family days.

Details of events and activities will be available on the dedicated WV Holiday Squad website which will be launched in the coming weeks.

Include Me Too October


For further information visit the Include Me Too website

Please see below information for a Quiz Night organised by Zebra Access

For more information and to see other events please visit the website

Zebra Access Quiz Night