November 2020

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Welcome to IASS November 2020 E-bulletin

After a busy first half to the Autumn term the IASS team is looking forward to delivering more online training sessions this month, including the first of our Q&A sessions. We also have the release of the 50th edition of our magazine.

Read about these and more events happening this month.

Autumn Magazine

IASS Autumn Magazine 

50th edition


We are so excited that we have reached this landmark edition of our termly magazine.  There have been changes along the way to staffing, the law in relation to special educational needs and disbaility and even the way we produce the magazine. We would like to say "Thank You" to everyone who has contributed and to all our readers over the years. 

View the magazine here.  We hope you find it an interesting and informative read.

If you have expressed a preference to receive a hard copy this will be with you shortly.

Effective communication with parents and carers

An online session for professionals working with children and young people with special educational needs.

This session explores effective communication and recognising the importance of parental needs and emotions.


Thursday 5th November 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Booking via Eventbrite


Q&A special educational needs and/or disability

For parents and carers of children (0-25) with additional needs

Tuesday 10th November 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

IASS will be answering your questions in relation to the law on special educational needs and disability; what you can expect from school-based support; EHCPs and Wolverhampton’s Travel Unit Co-ordinator will be joining us to answer questions on school/college transport.

Booking via Eventbrite


For young people with additional needs

Thursday 26th November 5.30 - 6.30 pm

The Information, Advice and Support Service will be answering your questions about the support you can expect from your school or college; Education, Health and Care plans and the help available to you.

Booking via Eventbrite


YP group


 Education, Health and Care Plan taster session

Wednesday 9th December 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Join us for our online EHCP taster session where we will be covering:

Legal definitions
What an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) is
The EHC needs assessment process
Help and support available

Booking via eventbrite


Virtual coffee mornings for parents & carers


Hosted by Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton's parent/carer forum. Join for an informal, friendly chat with other parents and carers of children and young people with special eductaional needs and/or disability in Wolverhampton.


Friday 13th November 10.00 -11.30 am booking via eventbrite

A member of the IASS team will be joining from 11.00 am to answer any questions

Friday 11th December 10.00 - 11.30 am booking via eventbrite

Parent Carer support group

Webinars for parents and carers


Weekly webinars are hosted by the Parent & Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Areas. IASS look forward to joining PCSG this month for two Q&A sessions for parents and carers of children with additional needs. 

Wednesday 18th November 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Wednesday 25th November 10.30 - 11.30 am

For a full range of webinars and meetups visit their Facebook page


Changing Our Lives

Making Personal Health Budgets family friendly


Are you thinking about a Personal Health Budget?

"Personal health budgets (PHBs) are ways for people to have more choice and control over their health care. They provide the opportunity for people to have more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.

The NHS in the Black Country has asked Changing Our Lives to work with young people with the label of SEND and their families to map out their journey as they go through the current PHB process. The project aims to understand and learn from the experiences of young people with the label of SEND, identify what works and what doesn’t work, and what needs to be put in place to improve the process to ensure a positive experience and successful outcomes.

We are looking for families who are about to go through the PHB process who would like to be part of this project. If you would like to take part, we will meet with you, remotely of course, at several points during your journey to find out about your experiences during the PHB process. These meetings will be around an hour and will be arranged at a time to suit you."

If you would like to take part please contact: Jackie Taylor

Mobile: 07498 025641


Include Me Too

November workshops


Hosted by Include Me Too the following parent and carer workshops are online via zoom and free to join

Visit the Include Me Too website to register.

COVID-19 The Changing Landscape – Impact on our disabled children, young people and families

Tuesday 3rd November 7.30 pm                   Thursday 5th November 10.00 am

Understanding Autism and supporting your autistic child

Tuesday 10th November 10.00 am               Thursday 12th November 7.30 pm

Supporting and understanding your child’s sensory needs

Tuesday 17th November 10.00 am               Thursday 19th November 7.30 pm

Getting to know what financial support is available for your child and family

Tuesday 24th November 10.00 am               Thursday 26th November 7.30 pm


Family workshops from Contact


Contact is delivering a number of free virtual workshops this month. These are part of Contact's family support offer and include "Wellbeing for parents of children with additional needs" with a number of sessions throughout the month.

Visit the Contact website for more details.

Disabled Living

 Venue to Virtual  -  Kidz to Adultz free online event

9th November - 13th November 2020, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

FREE online platform dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers, and the professionals who support them right across the UK and much further afield. This online platform offers visitors virtual access to the many exhibitors, companies, voluntary and support organisations who will be showcasing their products, equipment and outlining details of their services at various times during the week-long event.  Find out more and register your place at Disabled Living.

Anti-Bullying week


Anti-Bullying Week is taking place from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November this year. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has worked with Kidscape and SafeToNet to develop a tool for parent and carers to help them support their children and bring Anti-Bullying Week to life this year. 

You can find out more from the Anti-Bullying Alliance website


Anti-Bullying Week
Odd Socks Day

People are also encouraged to start off the week with Odd Socks Day to celebrate our individuality and what makes us all unique. 


Legal duty on schools in England to provide remote learning


Last month the Government announced a legal duty on schools in England to provide remote learning to pupils who are at home because of Covid-19. Schools are now expected to offer pupils not in class because they are self-isolating, or because their school is closed because of local or national restrictions the same lessons as those in class.

Read the Explanatory Note from the Department for Education.

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