IASS May 2023 E- Bulletin

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May month


Welcome to our
May 2023 E- Bulletin


Rebecca Smith

Introducing the newest member
of the IASS team


We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Smith to the IASS team. Rebecca brings a wealth of experience from an educational background working in a primary school in the city and the local authority SENSTART service. Rebecca will join our casework team which offers individual tailored advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs and/or disability. All our caseworkers complete intense legal training to be able to offer impartial and confidential advice to meet an individual’s needs and circumstances. 

Summer Term SEND Solutions with IASS

School pupils

Transition Tips Workshop

Starting a new school can be really worrying for some children and parents/carers. When a child has special educational needs or a disability it can be even more daunting.


Join Michelle and Lauren from IASS for this popular workshop where they 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 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:


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)

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 6 June

Tuesday 26 September

Tuesday 14 November


Low Hill Strengthening families Hub

26 – 28 Fourth Avenue

WV10 9LZ

IASS SEN Support Booklet

Parents and Carers wanted!
Help IASS review our
SEN Support Booklet


After the successful co-production of our revised EHCP booklet in the Autumn term we will be reviewing our SEN Support booklet during the summer term in readiness for the start of the new academic year in September.

It is most important to us that we ensure the revised SEN Support booklet contains the information that you want to find out about to help families understand how a child is supported in education through the Graduated Response and school/college based SEN support.

We’ve included a link to our current SEN Support booklet sen-support-leaflet.pdf (wolvesiass.org) so you can decide whether this is something you could help us with.

If you would like to work with us on this project please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk for further details.


Cineworld- Mario Bros 7 May

Cineworld autism friendly session:
Sunday 7 May


On Sunday 7 May, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening at 11:00am of the gaming classic film ‘Super Marios Bros movie’.

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

Sense Job fair

Sense disability jobs fair

On 16 and 17 May from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Sense disability charity is hosting their disability job fair in Birmingham.

Meet local disability confident employers in an accessible space and chat with organisations from a range of sectors about their current vacancies.

Register for free here. 

Spotlight on Supported Internships

NDTI Supported Interships


The National Development Team for Inclusion NDTi in partnership with the national Internships Work programme funded by the Department of Education, and Family Fund offers a chance for parents and carers of young people preparing for their adult life to join this webinar about Supported Internships..

Supported internships are study programmes for young people, aged 16 to 24, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and want to move into employment, but need some extra support.

Thursday 18 May, 10.30am-12.00pm

To book a place complete this form

Shaw Trust: Employment Support

Shaw Trust

Shaw Trust offers free tailored guidance to help you into employment.

Receive a 1:1 employment coach to help you developing your CV, covering letter,
prepare for interviews and finding the right job for you.

Find out more and get in touch here.

Stem 4: Youth mental health support

Stem 4 apps

Stem 4 supports teenagers with their mental health. Their award winning apps support young people through challenges such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm and addiction.

Their resources provide vital information for parents and young people on what each condition is and how to support your child.

Find out more here. 

ADHD teenagers guide

ADHD Foundation:
teenagers guide

The ADHD Foundation offers
'A teenager's guide to ADHD'.

Discover what the condition is and its effects, characteristics, presentation in girls, medication and managing workloads and environments.

Read here. 




The IASS Network and Council for Disabled Children, in collaboration with the Department for Education and SEND young people have launched a series of videos #WeAreLimitless

Discover their stories, personal experiences, amazing resilience and where to get help.

View the videos here.

Join Flare Advisory Group

CDC Flare Group

Contact- Sleep guide

Contact for disabled children:
sleep guide

Contact offers parents and carers their guide to 'helping your child sleep'.

Discover common difficulties, tips to creating a soothing environment and routine, supporting the sleep cycle and further support available.

Read here. 

Ambitious About Autism- Careers training

Ambitious About Autism: careers professionals training course


Ambitious about Autism offers its free training course 'understanding autism for careers and employability professionals'.

The webinar will identify the impact the condition has on the individual, identifying strengths, methods to adapt information and guidance, reasonable adjustments and examples of good practice.

To book your place click here.   

ABA- SEND and bullying

Anti Bullying Alliance: 
training for professionals

The Anti Bullying Alliance offers its free course to professionals on Bullying and SEND.

Develop your understanding of young people's experiences and learn strategies for reducing bullying.

Access here. 

Beyond Words

Beyond Words publishes wordless picture stories and has many free downloadable resources to help learners understand about topics including bullying, visiting the doctor, having a vaccine, bereavement and mental health.

Access their free resources here. 

Beyond Words

Funtopia at Walsall Arboretum



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.

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.

Follow us on social media 

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:





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 June so please send any inserts by 25 May 2023.