Septemer 2020

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E-bulletin September 2020


Back to school

Welcome to the start of a new school year.

We all know the return to school will be different than what we have been used to in previous years.  Parents, carers, children, young people and the professionals who work with them will all be adapting to a “new normal”. 

IASS continues to work remotely for the time being, but we are available Monday to Friday to offer information, advice and support so please do get in touch with us via email if there is anything we can help you with.

We have adapted our legal training events and after the success of our online sessions in the Summer term we will be delivering more online sessions this term. Please read on for further details as well as local and national news.

We wish you all well and hope that you keep safe and well.

Online session

IASS online training sessions

Our next online session takes place later this month.


SEN support – the graduated approach 

Thursday 24th September 10.30-11.30am

Find out how children and young people’s special educational needs are met in schools and settings. SEN support is for children and young people who do not have an Education, Health and Care plan.

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


Please reserve your place via Eventbrite



Please take a look at all of our planned online sessions for this term 

on the document below

Online Sessions Autumn Term 2020


Dept for Education


Ministerial Letter



On 2nd September Children & Families Minister Vicky Ford wrote an open letter to children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them.  

The letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including behaviour, risk assessments, face coverings, specialist and visiting practitioners, mental health and wellbeing, aerosol generating procedures and hospital schools, as well as linking to some of the support available to help.  

Please read the letter here.

Return to school



Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport

Thousands of students will be supported with new dedicated school and college transport to get them to school or college in the autumn term

Please visit the GOV UK page for further information




Wolverhampton Councillor Dr Mike Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, and Emma Bennett, Director of Children's Services have written to parents and carers offering helpful information and reassurance about the return of children to Wolverhampton schools this month.

Please read the letter here


Expiration of EHC Regulations


Regulations made to provide additional flexibility over the statutory timescales for various EHC needs assessment and plan processes will expire as planned on 25 September 2020. The normal statutory timescales will apply from that date.  Please read information on

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus


Change to exclusion guidance


Temporary changes have been made to the exclusion guidance due to Covid-19.  Please read about the changes here.   It is important to note that the normal arrangements and procedures that must follow a decision to exclude on disciplinary grounds are described in the 2017 statutory guidance. They are unchanged except as noted in this recent guidance.

For further information about exclusion from school  and for sources of support, please visit the dedicated page on the IASS website

Children & Young People

Have your say to shape SEND provision

There is still time to have your say to help shape provision for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton’s SEND Strategy Consultation is open until Monday 21st September.  The SEND Strategy sets out the vision and key priorities that council and partners in the city want to focus on to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND over the next 3 years. This strategy signifies a commitment by all SEND Partnership Board partners to work together to achieve their vision.

The strategy also supports the city’s 10 year Children, Young People and Families Plan which aims to improve the resilience, health and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and families in Wolverhampton. 

Please click here for further information

Have your say consultation

There is an easy read version of the send strategy consultation.

Please follow the links below to access.

Draft strategy

Consultation response form

Simplified Menti survey

Co production pic

IASS co-production case study


In our last e-bulletin we shared that we had been working with Alison Baggs, Co-production Officer for the City of Wolverhampton Council, to produce case studies showcasing how we work in partnership with parents, carers children and young people. You can read our second case study here.

Read more about co-production and what he means for you and the services you use here


Help and support for young people after leaving school or college

There are a number of organisations providing help and advice to young people who have recently completed school or college to explore future options. Whether that would be staying in the classroom or getting into work there are training opportunities available.  

Workbox and Connexions can help you find the right setting to continue your learning and enhance your future career opportunities.

Connexions is providing help and support for young people that are unsure what to do next You can make contact on 01902 554499, email or search for Connexions Wolverhampton on Facebook.  

Apprenticeships offer opportunities for people of all ages who are motivated to work, enthusiastic to learn, and want to earn a competitive salary while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Leading industries and businesses are looking for apprentices to shape the future of organisations in Wolverhampton. More information about apprenticeships is available from Wolves Workbox or the national apprenticeships website.  

Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact provides 1 to 1 customised support and training for young people in Wolverhampton who are aged 16-plus and not in employment, education or training. It helps them overcome the barriers that may be stopping them from finding and securing training, education or a job.For more details, please visit the website.

AFH September

Why not take a look at this lovely Self-Care September 2020 calendar from

Action For Happiness with daily ideas to help support our emotional wellbeing.

Please view the calendar here.

Young Minds



Young Minds is a mental health charity who are committed to improving children's wellbeing and mental health. You can discover information, advice & support for young people affected by mental health and information to support Parents. Please visit the website.


Young Minds #Hellow Yellow Day

 Friday 9 October, 2020

#HelloYellow day supports young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. Find out how to get involved with fundraising here.


Young Minds asked people, what do you wish your parents had asked you? Have a look at some of the responses, and consider what you could ask your children.

View the full poster here.

Young Minds Quotes

Ambitious about Autism

Your views are important


The Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of autistic children and young people and their families. Ambitious about Autism want to hear directly from autistic young people (aged 16 or over) and their parents, carers or their relatives.

From mental health and wellbeing to education and support, please share your experiences about how the pandemic has affected you, your child or young person by completing this short survey. Ambitious about Autism will use the evidence to identify significant areas of need that will help them to  target their support and inform decision-makers.

Autism West Mids

New service for Wolverhampton Families


Autism West Midlands are delighted to be a delivery partner in a vital new service for children and young people who are missing out on support during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘See, Hear, Respond’, is managed by Barnardo’s and funded by the Department of Education. This new service is a great opportunity for families outside of normally funded areas to access support.

Read more at this link

You can refer your family or a family you support here

Citizens Advice

Citizen's Advice emergency drop In service


See information below to access advice from Citizen's Advice


Citizn's Advice Drop In

Wton Library

Select & Collect at Central Library

We are back! Select & Collect is now available at Central Library!

Reserve online here or phone (01902) 552025 Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Sat 10am-2pm! Once items are ready, we’ll contact you to arrange collect.ion.

Please watch this video

Please take a look at the poster below which continues

throughout September

Door Step Theatre

Please help us to increase our Social Media following

We post lots of information and advice on our Facebook Twitter and Instagram Pages to keep you aware and informed of upcoming events, activities, useful resources and other information.

If you don't already please follow us






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