IASS January 2023 E- Bulletin

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Happy new year 2023


Welcome to our
January 2023 E- Bulletin


Happy New Year to all our Wolverhampton families!

We wish you and your family happiness and joy throughout the coming year. 


IASS EHCP booklet 2023

New EHCP booklet release


In the autumn term we reviewed our EHCP booklet with parents and carers who have used our service, and members of Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton’s Parent Carer Forum.

We are delighted to present our new EHCP booklet which offers more information about Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs) and how schools and settings, education, health and social care professionals should work with families prior to making a request for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment, during and after the process.

A huge thank you to everyone involved.

The digital EHCP booklet, along with two new factsheets on EHCP Annual Reviews and Personal Budgets are available to view on our website. Hard copies of the EHCP booklet will be available later this month.

IASS Community Outreach Events 

IASS will be attending various community outreach events in 2023 and invite parents and carers to join us.
Please contact the relevant organisation or venue to register your attendance: 

  • Walsall Wolverhampton Parent Carer Support Group
    When: 7th February 2023 from 9:30am to 11:30am
    Where: Low Hill Community Centre, Kempthorne Avenue, Wolverhampton,
    WV10 9JJ

  • SEN parent coffee morning
    When: 15th February 2023 from 9:00am to 11:30am
    Where: Stowheath Primary school, Hill Road, Willenhall, WV13 3TT 
    (This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

  • Wolverhampton Outreach: Presentation on EHCP’s
    When: 26th April 2023
    Where: Moreton Secondary School, Old Fallings Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 8BY

  • Parent session on SEND
    When: 27th April 2023 from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Where: Whitgreave Primary School 
    (This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

  • Parent session on behaviour
    When: 8th June 2023 from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Where: Whitgreave Primary School 
    (This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

Applications for Primary School September 2023

Wolverhampton parents and carers have until this Sunday 15 January 2023 
to register their preferences for your child’s primary school for September 2023.

Complete your application here

Carer Assessments

There have been some recent changes to the way parent carers in Wolverhampton can request a carer assessment.

Parent carers requesting a carer assessment should contact the Carer Support Team on 01902 553409  or email carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk 

More news on carer assessments will be featured in our social media and future e-bulletins.


Ofsted Annual report 2021/22


Ofsted has published its Annual Report of His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2021/22.

The report addresses the full range of inspection and regulation in both education and care. It is underpinned by evidence from the inspections of, and visits to, schools, colleges and social care, early years and further education and skills providers. As well as findings from research, evaluation, data and analysis. Chapter 4 provides commentary on SEND and Alternate Provision.

Read the report here.

Secondary school pupils

Ofsted: New area SEND
inspection framework

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have launched a new joint framework for inspecting provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) within a local area. The new inspection framework begins this month. Inspections will focus on whether local area partnerships are delivering improved outcomes and experiences for children and young people with SEND.

They will consider how local area partnerships are going beyond fulfilling their legal duties, to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND – who were consulted on the proposals. Inspections will now also evaluate how local authorities commission and oversee alternative provision, given the large number of children and young people with SEND in this kind of provision.

Read the full article here. 


Wolverhampton Outreach Service: Parent workshops


Wolverhampton Outreach Service over the coming months is offering parents and carers a range of workshops to help you understand and support your child's special educational needs or disability.
Sessions include:

  • Support Around Eating- 18 January
  • Puberty- 15 February
  • Helping your child understand their diagnosis- 8 March
  • Support with sleep and bedtime routine- 28 March

Book your free place here. 

SEND Open Day Wolverhampton College

Wolverhampton College:
SEND open day on 1 February


Wolverhampton College welcomes young people with additional needs, disabilities and medical needs to their SEND opening day on 1 February from 4pm.

Their supported learning courses could be a great way to boost confidence, gain independent living & life skills.

To book your place please click here. 

Adult Education Wolverhampton: 
Open Days 9 to 11 January 

Adult Education- Open Days 9- 11 Jan

Adult education Wolverhampton welcomes you to its open day events
from 9th to 11th January.

Opportunities include courses in core subjects, teaching skills, self employment, skills for work, IT courses and Traineeships. Find out more here.

Autism confident


Autism West Midlands offers young people its 8 session course to becoming 'Autism Confident'. Share your experiences and gain skills to help in your everyday life. Topics cover understanding autism, social communication, anxiety, transitions and sensory awareness.

To register or for more information please contact
suemorris@autismwestmidlands.org.uk/ 07808 730 519

kidz to adultz march 2023 coventry

Kidz to Adultz free exhibition: 
16 March 2023 Coventry


Join Kidz to Adultz on Thursday 16th March 2023 - 9:30am to 4:30pm at Exhibition Hall, Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, CV6 6AQ for their free exhibition dedicated to supporting children and young people with additional needs.

Chat with knowledgeable specialists in their fields, try out equipment & products and connect to services and organisations that can support you.

Guest speakers will deliver presentation seminars to support parents and carers in areas including autism in girls, toilet training, independent travel training, managing bathing, learning to drive and young adults financial guidance.

To book your free place click here. 

Zoom sessions for pupils transitioning into
secondary school with blindness or visual impairment

RSBC Zoom transition sessions

Beyond The Spectrum

 Creative writing for
Autistic young people

Are you a young Autistic person aged over 18 with a flare for creative writing?

Join Beyond The Spectrum's free virtual creative writing groups.

Two new virtual groups workshops will be taking place on Monday & Wednesday evenings in 2023.

Connect with other Autistic creatives and register your interest to the free course here.

Witherslack Group- Jan webinars

The Witherslack Group:
January webinars


Join the Witherslack Group this January for a range of free webinars for parents, carers and professionals. Sessions include:

  • Neurodiversity- Building self- esteem : 17 January
  • Helping Neurodiverse children engage with school: 24 January
  • Education, Health and Care Plans explained: 31 January

Presented by leading professionals from the organisations The Witherslack Group, ADHD Foundation and SOS! Find out more and book your free place here.

NAC Communication webinar 26 Jan

Communication Webinar for parents and carers of children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities


NAC wellbeing invites you to join its free webinar 26 Jan exploring how people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities communicate their emotions and what support is needed to promote wellbeing.

Register here. 

Voice 4 Parents- annual survey

Voice 4 Parents: Annual Survey

Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton’s parent carer forum, would like to hear about your experiences of services for children and young people with SEND in the city.  

Your feedback is important to help improve and shape services within Wolverhampton.  It is estimated that this survey will take 40 minutes to complete and as such for every completed survey we will enter you into a prize draw for the following:


1st Prize – £100 Supermarket of your choice Voucher

2nd Prize - £50 Supermarket of your choice Voucher

3rd Prize – £25 Supermarket of your choice Voucher


The Survey will Close on March 31st 2023. 

Click here to access the survey.

food bank

Wolverhampton food banks
and soup kitchens


The purse pinch in tighter than ever before, but don’t go hungry this winter. Wolverhampton has 16 food banks and soup kitchens across the city for your pick up and enjoy a meal, many do not require referral.

To find out more visit click here. 

have your say

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 1 February so please send any inserts by 27 January 2023.


Complete our evaluation survey 


Wolves IASS is always grateful for the wonderful feedback we receive from families that have benefitted from our service.

If you have been supported by IASS previously, we would love to hear about your experience with us.

Please complete our evaluation survey here.

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