February 21 extra ebulletin

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February extra ebulletin



The Prime Minister's announcement on Monday has hopefully brought renewed optimism for many families.  The IASS will continue to work remotely over the coming weeks offering free and confidential information, advice and support on SEN/disability matters for children and young people (0-25) and their parents/carers.  Keep an eye on our social media sites for up to date information on the reopening of schools and local updates.

Please do get in touch if you have a question or a concern by emailing us at


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Coffee and chat with IASS


Wednesday 24th February 6-7pm

Hopefully, you may receive the ebulletin in time for Wednesday evening's coffee and chat session from 6-7pm. 

You can join us on your computer or mobile app using the Microsoft Teams link below: 

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+44 20 3787 4277,,273452367#   United Kingdom, London

Phone Conference ID: 273 452 367# 

IASS Spring 2021 Training

IASS Events March


Download our Spring 2021 online training flyer. 

(Click on the dates to book your place)

EHCP – Annual Reviews
All you need to know about the EHCP annual review process.

Wednesday 10th March, 12.30 – 1.30pm 

Chat with the IASS – bring your cuppa and your questions!
Join our friendly team for an informal Q&A session and general chat on anything related to SEND. 

Thursday 18th March, 10.00 – 11.00am



Over £42 Million support extended for children with SEND


The Government has announced that it will re-award current contracts and grants which enable schools, colleges, families and local authorities, to support thousands of children with SEND. 

Projects sharing the £42 million will continue to focus on:

Targeted support monitoring, support and intervention to improve local authorities and partners’ delivery of statutory SEND services

Direct support to schools and colleges to help them work effectively with pupils with SEND

Participation of parents and young people: to ensure their effective involvement in designing SEND policies and services, including in response to the pandemic, and to ensure that they are able to access high quality and impartial information, advice and support

Quality of family life: to help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services 

Read more at the Council for Disabled Children website

New education recovery package for children and young people

The government has today announced further elements of the recovery support package so children and young people can catch up on missed learning and development due to the pandemic.

Read the announcement for the New education recovery package for children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Covid-19 SEND update

Whilst we anticipate more information for the re-opening of schools on the 8th March, here is a reminder of the Government guidelines which remain in place until then.

  • Children and young people with an EHC plan should be allowed to continue attending their education setting if their parent wants them to (or, for post-16 provision, if the young person wants to attend).
  • Where, for any reason, it is not possible for a child or young person with SEND –
    including both those with an EHC plan and those who are supported through SEN
    Support – to attend their education setting during this period, they should receive
    remote education and support.
  • There is no change to the legal duty for schools and colleges to use their best endeavours in meeting the special educational needs of pupils/students whether they are accessing a place or are at home.

You can read more in the latest Government guidance

Guidance on who should be allowed to access a school place

Details on the system of protective measures that schools should put in place

Resources that are suitable for pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) of all ages

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Guidance on making a support bubble with another household

Support for home learning


Wolverhampton Education Psychology Service continues to offer a free consultation service to parents/carers living in Wolverhampton and also to parents/carers of children or young people in the care of Wolverhampton Local Authority.

Educational Psychology Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Outreach Service is now offering support directly to parents. This may include help for your child to engage in home learning, access the curriculum or develop on-task behaviours whilst learning at home. 

Wolverhampton Outreach parent support offer

You will find helpful information and resources on the Covid-19 page of the IASS website.

DigitalWolves has the latest local and national support to support children and families continue with their learning at home and online.


Home schooling top tips from Contact’s Listening Ear team


Parents and carers have been calling Contact's Listening Ear team looking for practical advice and strategies to help with home schooling.

Contact has put together some handy home schooling top tips, including practical ideas to establish a routine that works for your family and how to keep home schooling fun.

Whatever parents want to talk about - big or small, practical or emotional, Contact’s Listening Ear service can help. And, thanks to further funding it can be there for even more parents when they need someone to talk to. Appointments are free, confidential and over the phone with one of our family support advisers. Simply choose a time that works for you and book your appointment.


#YES Appreciation Day


Friday 5 March is a chance for young people to show their appreciation to anybody they wish for anything they may have done in the pandemic – this could be their teacher, a family member, a keyworker or their friend.

Alternatively, schools and organisations are also encouraged to show their appreciation to a young person who has gone the extra mile during the pandemic.

Taking part is easy – Wolverhampton's Coproduction and Engagement Team want everybody to get creative by showing their appreciation in any way they want. This could be through video, photos, drawings, paintings or through any other creative means.

They would love it you could encourage your pupils and staff – those at home and those still attending school – to take part, show their appreciation and build up good morale in what is an extremely tough time

As well as increasing morale among pupils and those who have done great things during the pandemic so far, they want to feature as much creative work as possible on HeadStart Wolverhampton’s social media pages - @HeadStartFM on Facebook and Twitter - on #YES Appreciation Day itself - all you have to do is send any submissions to joe.perry@wolverhampton.gov.uk by Friday 26 February.

You can also get involved on the day by sharing appreciation posts on social media using the hashtag #YESAppreciationDay

Wolverhampton Carer Support 


If you would like to talk to someone about your caring role or would like to discuss planning if you or the person you look after becomes unwell, you can contact the Carer Support team on n 01902 553409

See below for information on virtual sessions the Carer Support team engagement officers are offering over the coming weeks.

Visit the City of Wolverhampton Council Carer Support pages for more information.

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Stay Safe Be Kind

Stay Safe Be kind


You can find more advice and information on Coronavirus from the City of Wolverhampton Council website pages  and at Stay Safe Be Kind 

Including information on local Food Banks

During the current period of school closure due to Covid-19, schools are arranging support for children registered for Free School Meals (FSM). A national voucher scheme started last week too. Find out more at  Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Government has temporarily extended free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), and covers both pupils who are attending school and who are at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you urgently need help with the costs of buying food for your children, please call the Stay Safe Be Kind helpline on 01902 290241.

If you are experiencing financial hardship  

Financial support and guidance | City Of Wolverhampton Council 

Email wrs.covid19@wolverhampton.gov.uk or call 07966 292321

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Our next e-bulletin will be sent out Wednesday 10th March so please send any inserts by Friday 5th March.