IASS September '23 E- Bulletin

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Back to school


Welcome to our
September 2023 E- Bulletin


We hope you all had chance to take a break at some point over the summer holidays and ready for the start of the new academic year. The IASS team is looking forward to delivering a host of parent carer sessions and bitesize workshops in person and online this term.  We will also be offering a drop in session each month at Low Hill Family Hub so please do join us for coffee and chat.  Take a look at our events below to see what is coming up in the next few months and make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.

IASS SEND Solutions:
Back to school events September 2023

parent meeting

How to prepare for a meeting -
parent carer workshop 

Thursday 21 September 10.30-11:30am

Low Hill Family Hub 26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ


This session will focus on the graduated approach in schools and colleges, preparing for a meeting with school or college and helping you to get the most from meetings using a person-centred approach.

Book your place via Eventbrite  


SEN support – the graduated approach

Online parent carer workshop

Thursday 28 September 7.00-8.00pm via Microsoft Teams


This session will focus on Wolverhampton’s graduated approach for supporting children and young people.

Book your place via Eventbrite


IASS for professionals

Introduction to IASS for professionals  

Tuesday 12 September 12.30-1.30pm via Microsoft Teams

Discover more about the IASS and how we support parents, carers and young people. Find out how you can make an appropriate referral to IASS and what we do following a referral.

Book your place via Eventbrite


IASS  SEND Solutions Drop in
at Low Hill Family Hub


Pop in for a coffee and chat to IASS staff from
9.30am to 10.30am on the following mornings:

  • Thursday 21 September
  • Tuesday 17 October
  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 13 December

Low Hill Family Hub 26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ

IASS Autumn Term events October to December 2023

IASS SEND Solutions – parent carer workshops

The following workshops will be delivered at
Low Hill Family Hub 26- 28 Fourth Avenue, WV10 9LZ


Positive communication

Making the most of communication

Tuesday 17 October 10.30-11.30am


Positive Communication exploring alternative methods of communication and an introduction to Makaton.

Book your place via Eventbrite


Exploring Emotionally Based School
Non-Attendance (EBSNA)

Wednesday 22 November 10.30-11.30am


This session will explore the EBSNA Pathway and how school/college can support pupils who are experiencing severe difficulty in attending school or college.

Book your place via Eventbrite

Draft EHCP

Checking a draft EHCP and a
little Christmas cheer with “Merry Makaton”

Wednesday 13 December 10.30-11.30am


This session will be particularly helpful for those who have children with an EHCP or who are in the process of an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

Book your place via Eventbrite

IASS online parent carers workshops

Our online workshops are designed for parents and carers but professionals are welcome to book a place.


Annual review

Demystifying EHCP annual review process 

Monday 9 October 10.30 – 11.30am


Understanding the EHCP Annual Review process from start to finish.

Book your place via Eventbrite

EHCP taster

EHCP Taster

Wednesday 16 November  10.30- 11.30am

Understanding the Education, Health and Care needs assessment process from start to finish.

Book your place via Eventbrite


An introduction to Makaton

Tuesday 7 November 12.30 – 1.00pm

Introducing some useful Makaton signs to use around the home.

Book your place via Eventbrite

IASS leaflet

IASS leaflet update


Have you seen our updated service leaflet yet?

Discover how IASS can help you, the support we offer as well as the many ways you can keep informed regarding local events, training opportunities, SEN Support, EHCP's and local processes.

Access here.

Share your experiences of SEND services and support


Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families are being encouraged to share their experiences of services and support in Wolverhampton.

The city's SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board is looking at how services and support for children and young people with SEND and in alternative provision can be improved.

And it wants to know what children and young people with SEND think about the services and support they have.


There are four surveys, one for children aged 0-10, one for children aged 11 and 12, one for teenagers aged 13 to 17, and one for young people aged 18 and over. To have your say, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-social-care/send-survey by 30 September 2023.

The SEND Partnership and Inclusion Board includes the City of Wolverhampton Council, the Black Country Integrated Care Board, Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service, Wolverhampton Voluntary Community Action, Voice4Parents and local schools. The board works with others to provide services to children and young people with SEND from birth to 25.

Wolverhampton Outreach parent carer events 

Book here

Outreach events

Wolverhampton CAMHS parent carer workshops

CAMHS events


CAMHS is running a series of free virtual workshops to help parents and carers support their child in navigating mental health challenges.

This is open to any parent or carer with a young person accessing Black Country CAMHS services.

To book call Andrea on 01902 444021.

Sensory Inclusion Service-
British Sign Language course: 



A free 18-week British Sign Language course is being delivered by the council's Sensory Inclusion Service from September, for staff, parents and carers of deaf or hard of hearing children and anyone else who wants to learn.

For more information call Danielle Smith on 07971 639631.


IPSEA Back to School Hub


The start of the school year can be an exciting time but may also cause anxiety and concerns for many children with special educational needs and their families.

Parents and carers may find this  Back to school hub (ipsea.org.uk) from IPSEA - Independent Provider of Special Education Advice helpful.

Witherslack- back to school

The Witherslack Group-
Back to school: 

Access expert SEND advice in supporting your child to return to school.

The Witherslack Group's resource pack includes transition guidance, helping your child with afterschool breakdowns, mental health, mindfulness and parent guidance. 

Access here. 

witherslack - school anxiety

Young Minds-
School anxiety: 

If your child is anxious about returning to school, Young Minds offers its guidance in supporting your child to navigate their worries.

Tips include time for discussions, 'family feedback' time, establishing routine and breathing techniques.

Read the article here. 


Mencap- Cost of Living webinars: 

If you are the parent, family member, carer or person with a Learning Disability and are looking for extra help and support around the cost of living, Mencap is offering free webinars every Wednesday 1pm to help you navigate budgeting, welfare benefits, housing and energy advice.

Book your place at here.

Winstons wish- SEND child

Winston’s Wish-Supporting Bereaved children with SEND:


A child with SEND may find it difficult to process the death of a loved one and the changes it will make to their life.

Winston’s Wish offers lots of useful guidance, activities, resources and social stories to help support a SEND child come to terms with their grief.

Access here.

Free toothbrushes

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 early October, so please send any inserts by 27 September 2023.

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