IASS April 2023 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
April 2023 E- Bulletin


IASS Community Events 

The IASS team looks forward to seeing parents and carers at one of the many community events we are attending throughout 2023. Please contact the relevant organisation or contact us for further information:

Wolverhampton Outreach: Presentation on EHCP’s
When: Wednesday 26th April 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Warstones Primary School, Warstones Rd,
Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 4LU
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)

Summer Term SEND Solutions with IASS 

secondary pupils

Transition Tips

This workshop will be particularly helpful for parents and carers who have a child transitioning to secondary school or any other change in school or college setting.

We will explore tried and tested tips to help a smooth transition and use Person Centred Planning tools to explore different ways for you to plan transition and identify the things that are important for your child’s transition.


Thursday 18th May 09.45am – 11.15am

Low Hill Strengthening Families Hub

26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ

Book your place via Eventbrite

annual review

Demystifying the EHCP
Annual Review Process

This workshop is particularly for parents and carers who have a child with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

We will explain the EHCP Annual Review process, who is responsible for the Annual Review,  help you understand timescales, what happens in the process, and what the outcomes could be following an Annual Review.


Wednesday 5th July 09.45am – 11.15am

Low Hill Strengthening Families Hub

26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ

Book your place via Eventbrite

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

SEND and AP improvement plan

SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan Roadmap


In March the Government published its roadmap for improving SEND and Alternate provision in response to the SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time. In the Green Paper which was published last year the Government set out its vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and care. The SEND and alternative provision roadmap - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) sets out how the Government proposes to do this over the next two years.

For more information read: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan (publishing.service.gov.uk)

There is also an Easy Read version: SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan (councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk)

Watch this short animation to find out about the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.

Yo Wolves Easter

Yo! Wolves Easter Activities 


Yo Wolves has released its programme of Easter 2023 activities for children and young people in Wolverhampton.

Enjoy sports, performance, arts and crafts, day trip and Easter themed events.

Find activities and book your place here.

Low Cost meals

Princes Trust

Princes Trust:
Personal Development Programme


The Prince's Trust alongside City of Wolverhampton College are recruiting for 16-25 year olds currently not in education, employment or training, to join their exciting 12 weeks’ programme.

The 12 week personal development programme gives young people a chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

Register by Monday 24 April here

Family fund

Family Fund:
Your Opportunity


If you are the main carer of a disabled young person aged 18-24 years old, who lives at home, you could be eligible for a Your Opportunity grant.

The funds can support personal care, access to social activities, further training, communication tools, therapies, medical treatments and specialist resources.

To discover if you are eligible and apply click here.

NDCS Events

National Deaf Children's Society: Upcoming events


The National Deaf Children's Society is hosting a number of virtual family sessions over the coming months including online family sign language courses and weekly Happy Hands (0-4 years).

Find their full list of events and book your place here.

Cerebra- Self injurious behaviours

Self- injurious behaviours


Cerebra offers parents and carers of children with intellectual disabilities its factsheet to self- injurious behaviours.

The factsheet provides understanding of what self-injury is, what the causes are and which interventions are effective. It focuses on children with profound to moderate intellectual disability, who may also have autism spectrum disorder or a genetic syndrome.

View the factsheet here

SAL UK- Ages and stages

Speech and Language UK: Ages and stages guides


Speech and language UK offers its Ages and Stages guides to help parents, carers an professionals understand the typical language and communication milestones in babies, children and young people. 

View here.

Childline Anti Bullying

Childline Anti Bullying


Childline has created a page which explores and gives advice regarding appearance-based bullying.

Advice includes: talk to someone you trust, like a parent or teacher about what's happening, talk to a counsellor for support & get support from other people on our message boards. To view click here.

Autism West Midlands: Rising to the challenge

Rising to the challenge


Join Autism West Midlands from 20 April for their free six week training programme available to parents/ carers who want to develop their understanding of Autism and how to support their child.

Topics include understanding Autism, communication, the social world, sensory differences, anxiety, happiness and wellbeing.

To find out more and book your place click here.

ADHD Foundation

ADHD Foundation:
Live streaming training for e
ducation professionals


The ADHD Foundation is delivering live streaming training sessions for education professionals to develop their understand of supporting pupils with ADHD.

Topics include multi sensory approaches, supporting executive functioning, sensory circuits, dual diagnosis, attachment and trauma, presentation in females and creating an enabling environment.

To find out more and book your place click here. 

Winstons Wish

Winston's Wish:
Childhood bereavement training
for education professionals 


Are you an education professional wanting to develop your abilities on supporting children that have experienced the loss of a loved one?

Winston's Wish offers its free introductory training to education professionals supporting childhood bereavement.

The module covers what childhood bereavement is, how grief affects a child and dealing with a bereavement in school.

To register click here.

IPSEA webinar

IPSEA free webinar: The SEND journey and your rights as a parent/carer


IPSEA is offering Parents and carers access to its webinar recording of
'The SEND journey and your rights'.

The session is delivered by IPSEA's legal team and discusses
support available and what your child is legally entitled to.

To request click here.

Funtopia Autism Friendly Session: 
Walsall Arbouretum



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.

Kings Coronation events


Wolverhampton residents are invited to join the many events happening across the city to celebrate the king's coronation on Saturday 6th May 2023.

Enter the poetry competition, host your own street party, create celebratory bunting,
attend the children's party or have afternoon tea at Bantock House.

See the full list of events and apply for a grant of up to £250 to host a community celebration event 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.

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We post lots of information and advice on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Pages to keep you aware and informed of upcoming events, activities, useful resources and other information.





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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. 

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