October 2022 IASS E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
October 2022 E- Bulletin


IASS Autumn virtual training

We invite parents and carers to join us for our online sessions and find out what support you should expect to be available for your child with or without an ECHP. Professionals are also welcome to join us and please share with any families you are working with. Places are limited so please book early.

The Graduated Approach for SEND Support 

Tuesday 4th October at 10:00- 11:00am

Find out more about what support should be in place for children with special educational needs in a mainstream nursery, primary, secondary or college setting. The graduated approach to identifying a child or young person’s needs, planning and implementing support and how it is monitored.

SEN Support


Disability support

EHCP annual review: the process and outcomes

Thursday 13th October at 10:00- 11:00am

Does your child have and Education, Health and Care plan? Do you know it should be reviewed every year?

Find out more about the Annual Review process, who is involved and what you should expect to happen.


SEND Solutions: “Supporting with emotionally based school non-attendance”

Wednesday 9 November at 1:30 -2:30pm

Join IASS and guests as we explore the Emotional Based School Non Attendance Pathway which all Wolverhampton schools should implement to support children and young people experiencing anxiety and emotional stress leading to school non-attendance.


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Introduction to IASS

Tuesday 15th November at 1:00 -1:30pm

We welcome our professional colleagues to join us to find out more about IASS, who we are and what we do.

EHCP: the Education, Health and Care needs assessment process and outcomes

Wednesday 23 November at 10:30 -11:30am

Find out more about an Education, Health and Needs assessment process, who can make a request for an assessment and when it is necessary, who is involved and what happens during and after an assessment.

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IASS Outreach V2

Community Outreach Event


A member of the IASS will be at the following session.
Do join us for a cuppa and a chat. 


If you have a community event that supports children and young people with SEND and their families and you would like IASS to attend please do get in touch:


Tuesday 18th October 9.30am - 11.30am -
Walsall Wolverhampton Parent Carer Support Group:
Low Hill Community Centre,
Kempthorne Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV10 9JJ

Secondary School Application

Wolverhampton Secondary School Applications Deadline


Wolverhampton parents/ carers have until 31 October 2022 to complete applications for pupils starting secondary school in September 2023.

Click here to find out open day events for
Wolverhampton Schools and make your application here.


Wolverhampton’s new guide to help schools support children and young people with SEND.


A graduated response document guide has been co-produced with representatives from education (including school staff and specialist services), health, social care and parents/carers. It has been specifically developed to help special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), and school staff to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

It covers all areas of special educational needs and disability and covers what is known as the universal offer which every school and setting should provide for all children and young people, school based SEN support, SEN support involving specialised support services and EHCPs (Education, Health and Care plans).

View the guide here. 

A guide for young people, parents and carers is currently being developed.

TWS Outreach events

Household support fund

Wolverhampton Council:
Support with cost of living crisis 


Wolverhampton Council is offering support to its residents struggling with the Cost of Living Crisis. The Household Support Fund financial aid is available for food, gas, electric and water bills, as well as access to household items and bedding, food banks and community stores.

Find out more about the support available here. 

NAS Teen Life

National Autistic Society: 
Teen Life Programme


NAS Teen Life Programme delivered by Tettenhall Wood Special School empowers parents and children with autism aged 10- 16 years to understand their condition and how it affect their lives.

The programme is delivered over six weeks and includes topics such as anxiety, stress, understanding diagnosis, understanding behaviour, puberty, independence skills and planning for the future.

To find out about upcoming sessions and register
email heather.bull@tettenhallwoodschool.org.uk


Young Person's Career Advice:
Drop In Sessions

Connexions Wolverhampton host regular drop in sessions at IGNITE on: 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm.  

Team members are on hand to offer adviceinformation and guidance for young people aged 16-19 (up to 25 with a learning difficulty or disability) to help them with their future options after leaving education. 

For more info, call the team on 01902 554499 or visit their website. 

Sensory Park Autism Centre: Charity Cabin 

Charity Cabin


Sensory Park Autism Centre has launched it's Charity Cabin. It is aiming to provide home essentials and comforts to underprivileged families in need. 

Whether you require items or able to donate, visit the inclusive wildlife park from mid October at Old Tree Nursery Pendeford Hall Lane, Wolverhampton, WV9 5ET.

Switch Midlands:
Education and employment support 

Switch midlands

Switch Midlands are delivering a free course over October for young people aged over 16 for help with their next steps in education, training or work.

Attendees to the programme will achieve an Open Awards Accreditation and gain valuable skills in positive communication, CV writing and interview techniques.

To register click here. 

Contact for disabled children: 
October 2022 free webinars
supporting newborn to five years

Contact Webinars


Contact for disabled children are offering parents and carers free workshops throughout October to support the needs of children aged new born to 5 years.

Topics include speech, behaviour, education, entitlements and potty training. 

Find out more and register for their free webinars here. 

Autism West Midlands- Info guides

Autism West Midlands: 
Information Guides 


Autism West Midlands have a library of factsheets and guides to support parents and carers in understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Topics include food and diet, stimming, behaviour, self injury, sensory issues, transitions, communication and many more. View here. 

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Guidance to minimise
challenging behaviours


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation provide information support and workshops to support families who have children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.

They offer a library of resources in understanding specific challenging behaviours and what strategies can be implemented to minimise such behaviours including self injury, spitting, running off, sexualised behaviour and Pica.

Access The Challenging Behaviour Foundation's resources here.

Contact PIP Guide

Contact For Disabled Children:
PIP Guidance 


When applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for young person with additional needs, it's important to understand how certain words will be interpreted, as this may increase their chances of receiving the right award.

Contact's PIP Guide provides clear definitions to help your form completion. View the guide here. 

Spectrum Gaming

Spectrum Gaming


Do you have an autistic child that just loves to spend their free time gaming online? 

Spectrum Gaming is an online gaming community run by and specifically for autistic young people. They aim to build friendships, increase self acceptance and provide advocacy.

It is a safe space for young autistic people to socialise both virtually through gaming and also with their regular meet up events.

The group also provides training for professionals on Autism, digital support and improving co- production.

Visit their website here. 

NAS Autism Card


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 1st November so please send any inserts by 26th October. 

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