Wolves IASS: July 2022 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
July 2022 E- Bulletin


Our E- Bulletin will be taking a break in August. 

Please follow our social media sites
where we will share any news and information.



coffee & Chat virtual

Summer Coffee & Chat with IASS

6th July 2022 at 10.30- 11.30am

Join us for our coffee and chat session on Wednesday 6th July  10.30 - 11.30am.  Elaine and Lauren will be online for a general chat about SEND support for children and young people. Bring your cuppa and your questions!

Book your free place here. 

We Want You

IASS Advisory Group


We are looking for parent/carers to join the IASS Advisory Group.

The group supports the continued development and best practice of a high quality, well-established, statutory service in a way that best meets the needs of children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton and their parents and carers. 

The group consists of parent/carers, and representatives across education, health, social care and the voluntary sector. It meets to monitor and review the impact of the service on improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers using service user feedback and any complaints, acting as a ‘critical friend’ and consultative body to the IASS as well as celebrating success.

If you are a parent or carer of a child with SEND and are interested in being part of the advisory group please contact ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Help IASS review
our EHCP booklet

Are you a parent, carer or young people who has experience of the Education, Health and Care needs assessment process?

We are looking to review our existing EHCP booklet and would really appreciate your help.

We want to ensure that our EHCP booklet is informative, reflects the legal aspects and an overview of the assessment process for Wolverhampton families. 

Read the current EHCP booklet.

We are planning a short discussion session via Microsoft Teams on Monday 18th July 10.30 to 11.30am.  Please email elaine.westwood@wolverhampton.gov.uk if you are interested in joining the session and working with us to review the booklet.

SEND Green Paper

Consultation Extended on
SEND Review Green Paper


The Government has extended public consultation on its proposals on the future of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system and the Department for Education has published accessible versions of the SEND Review green paper including:

  • a full British Sign Language version to support those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment
  • an easy-read version to support those with learning disabilities
  • a guide to help children and young people with SEND or those in alternative provision to understand the green paper and respond to the consultation

All resources are available here. 

The department is committed to ensuring the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper and consultation process is fully accessible.    

The consultation period has been extended by 3 weeks, to 22 July 2022, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part in the consultation. The IASS encourages you to have your say here. 


Young people encouraged to have their say on the SEND Review

Members of HY5! Youth Forum have been sharing their views on the SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time, as part of the government's national consultation on the SEND and alternative provision system in England. During a recent workshop, young people had the opportunity to say how they are feeling about the support they receive right now as well as ideas for making things better.  HY5! want as many children and young people as possible to get involved.

Complete the Young People's Survey SEND Provision 2022 by 22nd July 2022

The following resources may help you understand more about the SEND review.

SEND Review: children and young people’s version (councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk)

SEND review: right support, right place, right time - Easy Read (councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk)

If you would like any further resources to support the consultation please contact the Co-production and Youth Engagement Team by emailing #yes@wolverhampton.gov.uk

To find out more about Wolverhampton’s Youth Engagement Strategy and opportunities for children and young people to get involved, please visit the #YES website

New contract for Council for Disabled Children
to support SEND improvement in local areas

On 20th May, the Department for Education announced £12 million funding to directly support schools and colleges to work with pupils with SEND, through the new Universal Services contract.

The Research & Improvement for SEND Excellence partnership (RISE), led by the Council for Disabled Children and including the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), the University of Warwick and Isos Partnership will deliver a three year, £4.8m contract to support SEND improvement in local areas.

The contract includes two programmes of work:
- The first will enable targeted performance improvement for local areas with weaknesses in their multi-agency SEND system via the provision of bespoke support. This work adds to our growing suite of regional, local and targeted support for local areas.

- The second programme will design and develop a What Works in SEND programme; as a learning system, comprising research, development, and dissemination of resources and models of effective practice; and as an evidence base for exemplary practice within the sector.

sensory park

Meet our IASS team member Lisa at the Sensory Park Autism Centre Monday 18 July!

Explore the wonderful wildlife sanctuary and discuss your SEND enquiries with the IASS.

No booking required and free entry to the park is available
during the visit from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Wolverhampton Summer Holiday Activities

all saints summer party

Sassy Sensory

real arts

Real Arts is offering a summer of Arts activities and BSL for children aged 8- 16 years with an EHCP. Events include painting, drawing, clay, sign language learning and sign song, crafts, recycled art, cardboard sculpture and healthy eating education through art.

Complete their registration form here to apply. 

Positive Participation

From 25 July to 2 September, Positive Participation is hosting their summer holiday club, free to all HAF eligible pupils aged 5- 16 years old. Activities include cooking, sports, performance, crafts, planting and dance. 

Call 01902 552 275 or 07967 743 803 with any further question and book your place here. 

RUOE Holiday Club

RUOE Holiday Club


From 25 July to 26 Aug at Colton Hills Community School, RUOE is hosting a summer holiday club, specifically designed to support a range of needs, disabilities and complex backgrounds.

The programme includes sports, forest schools, life skills, cookery, team games, music, arts & crafts, quiet zones, sensory room & soft play access, as well as weekly trips to a range of exciting places. 

Free to young people aged 8- 16 years with a HAF code.
Book your place here. 

Strive Creative Break

Strive Creative Break

From Monday to Wednesday, Strive is providing their summer creative break at The Royal School with activities including Rock Climbing, Swimming, Arts & Crafts and Team Building. Book your place here.

YMCA Sports and Dance


Join the YMCA for summer of free activities for young people aged 5- 17 years at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, WV2 3AS. Running from 25 July to 31 Aug 10am- 5pm, enjoy activities including sports, archery, team games, cooking, dance and craft.

Call 07718482135 to book or email ysyouth@ymcabc.org.uk

Rainbow Kids Inclusive Holiday Club

Dance workshop

Rainbow Kids is an inclusive holiday club offering a variety of fun activities over the summer holidays at Lanesfield Methodist Church, WV4 6PG from 1- 26 August. Children aged 8- 11 years can enjoy arts and crafts, sports, cooking, making your own music, dance and drama.

To book: Call 07738230965 or 07757932714

Newhampton Arts Centre Music studio

From 9- 11 August, Newhampton Arts Centre is opening its studio doors for creative 11-15yr olds to create music. Each day the children will be able to produce songs that raise awareness of healthy eating. They will be recording familiar sounds from around the kitchen & food from the fridge which will help our music producers to create a unique beat. They will then record a song with lyrics they have written during the project.

To book call 01902 423826 or email johnpaul@beatsabarmusicproject.co.uk

music studio

Yo Wolves

Activities and events will continue to be shared on the Yo! Wolves Website over the coming weeks. Make sure to check in for any further sessions released: 

Events | Wolverhampton Young Opportunities (yowolves.co.uk)

Sensory Park tiny tots

Cineworld Lightyear

Cineworld Autism
Friendly Screening


On Sunday 3 July at 11am, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening of the latest Disney release Lightyear.

During the film lighting will be kept on during the screening, volume levels will be reduced and there will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers are allowed to bring in their own food.

Book your tickets here. 

Grand Theatre

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Accessible Musicals


Treat yourself to the magic of musical with the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's accessible performances upcoming this month. Shows include:

Waitress: Saturday 2 July 2.30pm- Audio described  
Footloose: 7 July 7.30pm-  BSL interpreted

Book your tickets here

Black Country Mental Health update 13 July

The Black Country Healthcare trust is hosting a virtual event to provide updates on community feedback, their future plans, and to give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas.

The event is open to all who work with or support young people aged 18- 25, including those working in health, care and the voluntary sector. 

Register for the event here.

ADHD for children

ADHD guide for children


The ADHD Foundation has launched its 'ADHD for children' guide.

A booklet filled with insightful information and tasks in offering a strength based approach to enabling Neurodiverse children with ADHD to thrive and achieve in education.

View the guide here


Commonwealth games- group school booking

BSL 999

Emergency response app
for the Deaf Community 


For millions of people across the UK, calling 999 in an emergency has not been an option.

However, a new app has been launched to allow Deaf people to get emergency help from their local police, ambulance, fire and coastguard services instantly.

Download the '999 BSL' app and read the full article here


Share your news 


We aim to share uplifting stories and good news events from around our wonderful Wolverhampton area! 

If you run services or activities for children with a Special Educational Need or Disability or support their families, we would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you have a happy news story or wish to celebrate the great work of an organisation, please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please attach a photo or videos and a short blurb to feature. 

We send out the e-bulletin monthly around the first Monday of the month, so we would appreciate this being sent to us by the middle of the previous week.

Our next e-bulletin will be shared on on 5th September so please send any inserts by 31st August.

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