IASS November 2023 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
November E- Bulletin



IASS Autumn Term events 2023



Introduction to Makaton Parent Carer Workshop 

Join IASS’s Stacey Roalfe for a mini online workshop introducing Makaton and learn key signs to support daily communication with your child.

Tuesday 7th November 12.30-1.00pm

Book a place on the workshop:
Introduction to Makaton Tickets, Tue 7 Nov 2023 at 12:30 | Eventbrite


understanding EHCP

Understanding Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) Parent Carer Workshop

Join IASS’s Lauren Jones and Stacey Roalfe as they talk you through the Education, Health and Care needs assessment. Find out:

  • who can make a request
  • how long an assessment should take
  • what happens and when during the timeline of the assessment
  • possible outcomes of an assessment

Thursday 16th November 10.30-11.30am

Book a place on this online workshop:
 EHCP request and outcomes of assessment Tickets, Thu 16 Nov 2023 at 10:30 | Eventbrite



Emotionally Based School Non Attendance Parent Carer Workshop

Does your child have difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences?


Join IASS’s Michelle Reid and Elaine Perry, Senior Educational Psychologist, for an informative workshop exploring:

  • the reasons why a child or young person may feel anxious about school or college
  • how this may affect them
  • what support may look like
  • how everyone can help

Wednesday 22nd November 10.30-11.30am

Low Hill Family Hub

26-28 Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton WV10 9LZ

Book a place on the workshop:
Emotionally Based School Non-Attendance Tickets, Wed 22 Nov 2023 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Feel free to drop in beforehand from 9.30am for a coffee and chat.


draft ehcp

Checking a Draft Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Do you have a child who is going through an Education, Health and Care needs assessment? Or does your child have an EHCP?

Join IASS’s Lauren Jones and Stacey Roalfe for this workshop looking at how to check the contents of a draft EHCP. There will also be fun and interaction with Merry Makaton signs you can use with your child and family over the festive period.


Wednesday 13th December 10.30-11.30am

Low Hill Family Hub

26-28 Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton WV10 9LZ

Book a place on the workshop:
SEND Solutions: Checking a draft EHCP Tickets, Wed 13 Dec 2023 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Feel free to drop in beforehand from 9.30am
for a coffee and chat.



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:

  • Wednesday 22 November
  • Wednesday 13 December

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

SEN Support

New SEN Support Booklet


IASS is delighted to have a new version of our SEN support booklet co-produced with parents, carers and Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton’s Parent Carer Forum. The booklet took a few months to review and produce but we hope it will help families to understand how children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability should be supported by their school or setting.

View the SEN Support Booklet: 


A big thank you to all parents and carers
who supported us with this.

IASS Annual Survey


Our Annual Survey runs throughout the year as we gather feedback from parents, carers and young people who have used the service.  As we approach the final two months of the year we really need your help to gather as much feedback as we can. Whether you are a parent, carer, young person or professional, even if you only receive this e-bulletin your views are important to us.

Please complete the survey and tell us what you think of the service. It takes a few minutes and helps us a great deal to ensure we are offering information, advice and support families need in the way they want to access.

Please complete our survey at:

Wolverhampton IASS Survey Jan - Dec 2023 - City of Wolverhampton Council - Citizen Space


SEND Partnership Board

Wolverhampton SEND and Inclusion Strategy 


Wolverhampton SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board is seeking your views on its draft SEND and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy, which has been co-produced with stakeholders, sets out the duties of the SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board and will be delivered through a SEND and Inclusion Improvement plan. To find out more, read the strategy and have your say, please visit https://consultation.wolverhampton.gov.uk/send/send-inclusion-strategy-2024.


Voice4Parents and IASS will be discussing the strategy and supporting parents and carers to complete the survey at the Voice4Parents coffee morning on

Tuesday 14th November 10.00am -12.00pm

Low Hill Family Hub

26-28 Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton WV10 9LZ


If you would like further information on the strategy contact nicola.harris2@wolverhampton.gov.uk

If you would like help to complete the survey contact ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk
or admin@voice4parents.co.uk 

Deadline for responses is Friday 17 November 2023.

Elective Home Education Guidance Review

The Department for Education has produced revised versions of the non-statutory elective home education (EHE) guidance for local authorities and parents and is seeking views on the proposed changes.

You can read the proposed guidance and give your views at  https://consult.education.gov.uk/elective-home-education-team/elective-home-education-guidance-review/

Wolverhampton CAMHS Parent Carer Workshop

CAMHS workshops


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.

The Witherslack Group:
Free SEND training resources

Witherslack- Celebrations and sensory processing

Webinar: Celebrations & Sensory Processing

Discover how sensory processing difficulties can impact an individual during different celebrations or events and learn practical strategies that offer sensory comfort to support children when they are feeling unsettled in their environment.

Date: Friday 3 November 10:00am

Register here.


Witherslack- Supporting your pupils mental health

Webinar: Supporting your pupils mental health

This Anti Bullying week, The Witherslack Group offers Sencos its 'Supporting your pupils mental health' webinar. Discover practical advice on how to nurture . 

Date: Wednesday 15 November at 10:00am.

Register here.


ADHD Awareness pack Witherslack group

Support Pack: ADHD Awareness Month

Free advice & support for parents and carers who are looking for strategies to support children with ADHD.

Access the support pack here.


Witherslack SEN Conference

Virtual SEN Conference: The Future Of Our Children In A Changing World

Join The Witherslack Group on Wednesday 29 November between 10am-3pm, for a day filled with presentations, exploring:

  • An Introduction To Neurodiversity & LGBTQ+
    Presented by Tony Lloyd, CEO from The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity.
  • Building Aspiration: Shaping Your Child's Future
    Presented by Alison Gibney, Futures Lead from Witherslack Group, with over 10 years of experience helping people flourish with employment opportunities.
  • Social Media: Educating & Empowering Young People
    Presented by Colin Foley, National Training Director from The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity.
  • Strategies To Support Children With Transitions
    Presented by autism expert, Anne-Marie Harrison, Education Director from Ideas Afresh Education.

Click here to register your free place.

adulthood webinars

Transition to Adulthood webinars

Contact for disabled children is offering free online monthly sessions to help parent carers with their disabled child’s adulthood transition:

  • Adult Health and Social Care -
    Friday 10th November at 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Community Inclusion and Independent Living -
    Wednesday 6th December at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Book your place here

anti bullying alliance

Anti Bullying
parent resource pack


Anti Bullying Alliance provides a tool to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying.

The resource pack give you information about bullying, tips about what to do if you’re worried about bullying and the tools to help you talk to your children about bullying.

Access here.

My Picture app

My Picture Path:
Mobile app to help
plan your day


The My Picture Path app is designed to support autistic individuals & help them to plan & organise their day. It helps to create an inclusive environment for people with additional needs.

Download from your mobile app store.

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 December, so please send any inserts by
28 November 2023.

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