January 2020

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Wolverhampton Information, Advice, and Support


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E-bulletin January 2020



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IASS Workshops

January to March 2020


The law in relation to special educational needs and disability is complex and can be confusing.  Please join us at one of our information sessions where we will inform you about the legal processes in a simple and informal manner.  The sessions will cover SEN Support and Education, Health and Care plans. 

If you have a child (0-25) with additional needs or you work with children and young people (0-25) then you will find these sessions useful. 

Young people with additional needs are invited to join the evening session in March which will also include thinking about aspirations and outcomes.

Please note all our events are free and booking is essential.

EHCP Masterclass Tuesday 28th January

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The Graduated Approach – SEN Support Information Session Thursday 13th February

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EHCP Evening Masterclass Wednesday 11th March

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Inspection Time

Wolverhampton is preparing for a local inspection.  The inspection will examine how well Wolverhampton identifies, assesses and meets the needs of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).   

It is important to note that it is an inspection of the local area and will include education, health and social care.  The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families. Please see our letter and feel free to share.

The inspectors like to hear from parents/carers before the inspection to gain some understanding of how services are received and an awareness of any challenges.  There will be an online webinar the week before the inspection takes place which aims to gather as many views as possible.  Inspectors also like to meet parents at face-to-face meetings during the inspection. Please look out for details so that you can be involved. We don’t yet have a date but we will share information as we have it.

Further information about the inspection framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-area-send-inspections-information-for-families

Emotional Well Being

Review of Emotional Well Being Services for Children & Young People

The City of Wolverhampton Council is undertaking a consultation on the emotional wellbeing services of Wolverhampton’s children and young people. According to the New Economics Foundation, emotional wellbeing is referred to as being comfortable, healthy or happy with life.  The Council is seeking the views of young people, parents and professionals to help plan future services for children and young people in the City.

This survey is a chance to share your experience of emotional wellbeing services in the city and how these can be improved. The following groups are encouraged to complete the survey.

  • Children and young people between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)
  • Parents with a child or young person between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)
  • Professionals working with a child or young person between the ages of 0-18 and 25 with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and can be found on www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/emotionalwellbeingreview

Changing Our Lives

Does your son or daughter have support with postural care and/ or speech and language needs?


Changing Our Lives is doing a Quality of Life Review with these young people

Changing Our Lives is a rights based organisation. They work in partnership with disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties to find solutions to social injustice and health inequality.

What this work is about

Changing Our Lives has been asked to do this work by Wolverhampton CCG (NHS).

They want to talk to young people who have the label of (SEND) who need support for their posture and/ or for speech and language issues. They want to find out what support the young people have had from health services and what impact this has had on their lives.

They will also be talking to families and professionals.

Their findings and recommendations will be fed back to Wolverhampton CCG.

If your son or daughter has had support for postural care needs or speech and language needs and you are interested in being part of this work or have questions about the work please get in touch with:

Jackie Taylor, Development Officer at Changing Our Lives

Mobile: 07498 025641

Email: Jackie@changingourlives.org

They will be talking to young people and their families throughout January, February and March 2020.

Chiildren with Autism Flyer

Extending the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal Trial

The Department for Education has announced that the national trial to extend the powers of the First Tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability will continue until 31st August 2020.

Read more about the extended Tribunal powers in this Disagreement Resolution article in our Summer 2018 magazine.

Coffee and Chat

Tettenhall Wood School

Coffee Mornings

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

December's coffee morning will be on

Friday 31st January 9.30am - 11.30am

Please see the flyer for future dates.

Carer Support Coffee Mornings

Information for schools 

Please help us to increase our social media following.

Please arrange for your school to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @wolvesIASS.  We will follow you in return.

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