IASS March 2023 E- Bulletin

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Hello March

Welcome to our
March 2023 E- Bulletin


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IASS Vacancies!
Closing Date 5th March!


You may have seen from our recent social media posts that we are recruiting. Are you or anyone you know passionate about making a difference for families of children with SEND and want to join our dedicated, hardworking team? 

We currently have two vacancies:

Full time 37 hours per week Caseworker  Caseworker in Wolverhampton - 152081 | WM Jobs

Part time 22 hours per week Caseworker Caseworker in Wolverhampton - 152082 | WM Jobs

You can find out more from the WM Jobs adverts.
Please hurry as the closing date is 5th March.

IASS Community Outreach Events

IASS welcomes parents and carers to join us at one of our many community events throughout 2023. Please contact the relevant organisation or contact us for further information:

SEND Solutions with IASS
When: Tuesday 7th March 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: WV Active Bert Williams, Nettlefolds Way, Bilston, WV14 0EF


Sensory Inclusion event
When: Wednesday 8th March 2023 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: Bantock House Stables, Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ
(Available to parents and carers of children with visual or hearing impairments)

Wolverhampton Outreach: Presentation on EHCP’s
When: Wednesday 26th April 2023
Where: The Children’s Village, Graisley Lane Wednesfield, WV11 1PE
To book tickets visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/outreach

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

SEND Solutions- 7 March

IASS confidential advice 

On the following dates from 10:00am to 12:00pm IASS will offer 1:1 advice
in confidential space at the Voice 4 Parents coffee mornings:

Tuesday 18 April

Tuesday 6 June

Tuesday 26 September

Tuesday 14 November


Low Hill Strengthening families Hub

26 – 28 Fourth Avenue

WV10 9LZ

IASS EHCP booklet 2023

IASS new EHCP booklet

Have you seen our recently released EHCP booklet?

In collaboration with parents and carers who have used our service and members of Voice4Parents, IASS in January published our latest EHCP booklet. 

The guide 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.

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 are available on request. 

IASS at Sensory Inclusion event:
8 March at Bantock House

Sensory inclusion event- 8 March

IASS 2022 Survey feedback

IASS 2022 survey results


We would like to share highlights of our most recent survey results from parents and carers experience of using our service.

  • 100% found it easy or very easy to get in touch
  • 100% said we were neutral fair and unbiased
  • 94.92% said IASS had made a great difference
  • 100% were satisfied with service provided
  • 93.33% very satisfied
  • 91.8% found IASS extremely helpful and rest found IASS helpful
  • 100% likely to recommend the service with 91.67% extremely likely to recommend


Read the full Survey Results here.

Training presentation

IASS workshops summer term: have your say  


We want to ensure that our training workshops continue to deliver the much needed information parents and carers want to receive to be able to participate fully in SEND processes and decision making for their child. We also want to expand our offer for young people with SEND. 

Tell us what workshops and training you want from IASS and how you want us to deliver by completing this short survey 

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New guidance to support pupils experiencing social, emotional or mental health issues


In February, the Department for Education (DfE) introduced new guidance for all schools, governing bodies, local authorities and parents and carers on how to support school attendance where a child or young person is experiencing social, emotional or mental health issues.

This guidance applies to any pupils displaying any social, emotional or mental health issue that is affecting their attendance. It is not only for pupils who have a diagnosed mental disorder, or a disability or special educational need.

Summary of responsibilities where a mental health issue is affecting attendance (publishing.service.gov.uk)


The DfE has also produced guidance with five examples of effective practice Support for pupils where a mental health issue is affecting attendance: effective practice examples (publishing.service.gov.uk)


As part of the Graduated Response to supporting all pupils with additional needs in the city, Wolverhampton Local Authority has produced its own guidance for schools and settings on how to support Emotionally Based School Non Attendance. Find out more about the support available through the Graduated Response for pupils with social, emotional and mental health on the City of Wolverhampton Council website Social, Emotional, Mental Health | City Of Wolverhampton Council

Antman Quantumania

Cineworld Autism Screening: Antman & Wasp Quantumania


On Sunday 5 February, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening of the latest Marvel 'Antman and Wasp: Quantumania'.

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. 

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Kidz to Adultz free exhibition: 
16 March 2023 Coventry


Join Kidz to Adultz on Thursday 16th March 2023 at 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.


The Witherslack Group:
free SEND training webinars


During March, the Witherslack Group are offering a range of free webinars for parents and carers to attend on topics regarding SEND. Click on the following links to register:

Contact- Early Years

Contact for Disabled Children: 
Early Years workshops for parents and carers


Contact for Disabled Children offers parents and carers of children aged 0- 5 years access to their Early Years workshops.

Webinars taking place throughout March will cover topics such as sleep, toileting, positive behaviour, money matters and early years entitlements. Click on the below session link to book your free place:

Autism and anxiety training webinar

Autism and anxiety


On 17 March parents and professionals are invited to attend Autism West Midlands webinar discussing 'autism and anxiety'.

Discover what anxiety is, autism and anxiety and how to support in managing anxiety.

Book your place here.

Anti Bullying Alliance

Anti Bullying Alliance:

Free virtual training
for professionals 


The Anti Bullying Alliance is offering professionals its free whole school anti- bullying virtual training course on  2nd and 9th March from 9:00-11:00am.

The course aims to develop your understanding of bullying, identifying those most at risk and improve your confidence in preventing and responding to bullying.

To find out more and book your place click here. 

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

RSBC Transition

SIBS: Supporting siblings of
disabled children in school

SIBS- 17 March


SIBS is offering a free taster session for education staff to find out how they can support siblings of disabled children in school.

Session takes place 17 March 4pm via Zoom. Book your place here. 

Autism West Midlands: Siblings workshop

Autism West Midlands- Siblings workshop


Siblings of Autistic children are invited to attend Autism West Midlands two day workshop at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 3AS.

The session on 5 and 6 April is available to siblings aged 8- 12 years old and provides an opportunity for them to gain understanding of autism, learn ways to help their sibling, understand how they may see the world differently and meet other siblings in similar situations.

For more information and to book click here. 

IPSEA Exams and reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments during exams


As exams period approaches, now is the time for schools to apply to exam boards to request reasonable adjustments to make exams accessible to pupils with additional needs, without compromising the integrity of the test.

Reasonable adjustments can include larger print, a reader or scribe, smaller rooms, rest break and time extensions.

Visit ISPEA's guide on how schools can apply for reasonable adjustments.

For further information read the IASS factsheet on Exam Access Arrangements

Autism West Midlands:
Autism confident programme for teenagers

Autism confident programme


Autism West Midlands offers Autistic teenagers its 8 week programme 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 please contact blackcountry@autismwestmidlands.org.uk/ Call 0121 450 7575

For more information click here.

Funtopia Autism Friendly Session 



Join Funtophia's Autism Friendly session Saturday 10 June at Walsall Arboretum for an exciting day of inflatables, giant games, stage shows and sensory activities.

Tickets are £5 per child and can be ordered here.

Better Health Rewards

Better Health Rewards App 


Wolverhampton residents are encouraged to download the Better Health app to improve their health and fitness.

Participants activity achievements can be exchanged for rewards including discount vouchers for food, cinema or clothing.

Download the Better Health Rewards app today from your mobile app store.

Kings Coronation Grant


Wolverhampton residents can apply for grants of up to £250 to host street parties or community events to celebrate the King's Coronation.

Find out more and apply here.

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.


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 3 April so please send any inserts by 29 March 2023.

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