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Thank-you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent ‘new website’ online survey. You can view responses here: New Website survey responses. Views gathered will input to discussions with our website developers. We will provide further updates as we move closer to the launch
View our latest Annual Report 2020/21 (opens PDF)
We are currently working on development plans for our service and would like to make sure that our information and training meets the needs of families. We are particularly interested in hearing the views of young people with SEND as well as their parents and carers.
We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill in this short survey.
If you prefer, you can share your views with us directly by calling 01473 265210 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to hear from families who find technology difficult to access and would struggle to join an online training session.
If you know or work with a young person or a parent/carer who would find an online survey difficult to fill in, we would appreciate it if you could either support them to fill this survey in, or encourage them to contact us so that we can support them to fill it in over the phone. We do appreciate your help with this - it’s important that their voice is heard.
Practitioners are also welcome to share ideas about training or videos which would help them by emailing our Training and Development Officer directly: email@example.com
We currently receive lots of calls around SEN support and managing meetings, EHC processes and EHC plans so this term we will continue to offer:
- our virtual SEN support sessions in collaboration with practitioners from health and the specialist education services;
- our EHC Needs Assessment webinar and Annual Reviews webinar;
- a virtual session explaining the process of drafting and finalising an EHC plan;
- our popular Making Meetings Matter session.
We will also continue to host the popular ‘coffee mornings/evenings’ where members of the Specialist Education Service for pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, explore language games to play at home.
New this term:
- An online session for parents and carers to support you and your child make the transition from an early year’s setting to primary school. This was coproduced as far as possible with parents and carers.
- We’re hosting some relaxed online sessions where the County Inclusion Support Service will explore tools for supporting your child’s understanding and management of social situations.
- We’ve commissioned the Curly Hair Project to deliver 3 x online sessions for children and young people with autism, around building their understanding of their feelings, anxiety and making and maintaining friendships.
SEN Support in School series
Following feedback from parents, these sessions will be a little longer this term.
‘Thank you for putting these courses on. They really are great.’ (Parent)
SEN support for pupils with specific learning difficulties
Supported by the County Lead Teacher for the Dyslexia Outreach service
Delivered 19th April 2021 6 pm - 7.30 pm
SEN support for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs
Supported by a lead teacher from the County Inclusion Support Service
Delivered 14th May 2021
SEN support for pupils with coordination difficulties
Supported by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.
30th June 2021 10am - 11.30 am
SEN support for pupils with speech, language and communication needs
Supported by teachers from the Speech, Language and Communication Outreach Team
7th July 2021 10am – 11:30am
SEN support for pupils with sensory processing needs
Supported by Occupational Therapists from the Sensory Pathway Service
9th July 2021 10am – 11:30am
Making Meetings Matter
This explores practical strategies for preparing for meetings and conversations
with schools and the local authority around SEND, how best to manage these
meetings in a positive, solution-focussed way and how best to follow up.
Do contact us if a group of you would like this offered again in the summer and we
will do our best to accommodate you.
Making Meetings Matter
Delivered 22nd April 2021 10 – 11:30am
Early Years Transition to Primary School sessions - NEW
Following some coproduction with parents and carers, we are
offering two informal online sessions to help families prepare themselves
and their child for the transition to reception.
This session will be supported by an Early Year’s Consultant.
Early Years Transition to Primary School
Delivered 27th April 2021 10 – 11:30am
Delivered 27th May 2021 6.30pm - 8pm
New this Term - Curly Hair Project sessions for children and young people
The Curly Hair Project is a social enterprise building understanding of autism. We have commissioned them to offer three one hour sessions on different Saturdays, suitable for children and young people with autism (aged between 6 and 16 years). The webinars are designed for a parent to watch with their child or young person.
We are keeping the groups small to make it easier for the young people to take part, so, bookings will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, we can send families a link to a recording of each live session which is good for for 7 days.
Session one: Understanding and Managing Anxiety
Delivered Saturday 1st May 2021 10am – 11.00 am
Session two: Recognising emotions as an autistic child
Delivered Saturday 29th May 2021 10am – 11.00 am
Session three: How to make and keep friends
Saturday 26th June 2021 10am – 11.00 am
If you/your child is interested in any or all of the sessions or would like to receive a recording, please email us at:
New this Term - Informal online sessions with the County Inclusion Support Service (CISS)
We're hosting some relaxed online sessions where this specialist education team will explore tools for supporting your child's understanding and management of social situations, starting with:
Comic Strip Awareness
Delivered 4th May 2021 10:30 – 11:30am
Informal online ‘coffee mornings’ in collaboration with specialist education services
We’re continuing to host a short series of relaxed online sessions where
members of the Specialist Education Service for pupils with
Speech, Language and Communication Needs explore simple games anyone
can play at home to help their child’s speaking and listening.
Each session will focus on a different theme and will be offered in the morning & evening.
Brilliant - really enjoyed this and lots of great ideas, thank you.
Great fun too!' (parent)
Session Four: Games to help your child develop and practise their memory skills
Delivered 18th May 2021 10am – 11am and 6:30pm – 7:30pm (repeat)
Session Five: Games to help your child develop their understanding and use of words
23rd June 2021 10am -11am or 6:30 – 7:30pm (repeat)
In June and July, we are hosting a relaxed online session explaining how the specialist education services in Suffolk will work with schools and education settings to support children and young people with SEND from September 2021.
The Headteacher for these specialist education services will be sharing updates and developments and answering your questions. There are 2 opportunities to join a live session. If you are unable to join, we will be sharing a recording later this term.
Specialist Education Services from September 2021
Wednesday 30th June 5.45pm to 7pm
Friday 2nd July 10am to 11.15am
Our webinars were coproduced with, and for, parents & carers, but practioners are welcome to register too.
Anyone who registers will be sent a pre-recording of the webinar after the event to watch at their leisure, along with a suite of resources.
EHC Needs Assessment Webinar
- What the law expects to happen before an EHC needs assessment is considered.
- The purpose and threshold of an EHC needs assessment and when one might be requested.
- Why a LA might refuse and what your options are
- What happens if an EHC needs assessment is agreed; the purpose of an EHC plan.
'This has been so useful!' (parent)
'Highly recommend.' (practioner)
Delivered 5th May 2021 6pm – 7:30pm
Annual Reviews Webinar
- the purpose of an annual review and an EHC Plan.
- what the process involves & how you & your child can be involved.
- the different kinds of review.
- and what decisions can be made at the end of the process.
"Very clear and easy to understand." (parent)
"I prepare paperwork for reviews daily and I found this helpful." (practitioner)
14th June 2021 6pm – 7:30pm
Drafting and Finalising an EHC Plan
This session aims to support parents and carers who have had an EHC needs assessment agreed, but parents of children who already have an EHC plan may also find this helpful as we explore what a good EHC looks like.
Very helpful.’ (parent)
'Lots of important information and good answering all questions with examples.’ (parent)
Delivered 11th May 2021 10 – 11:30am
Multi-agency practitioners are welcome to book on our webinars. We also offer a popular Working with Parents. This term we are delivering this for free through ConnectEd and can also offer it on request.
'Very useful, especially tips on improving engagement with parents
In meetings. Thank you!'
Working with Parents Session One Delivered May 19th 2021 4 - 5 pm
Working with Parents Session Two June 16th 2021 4 - 5 pm
Bookings through Nic at ConnectEd: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND Governor and Trustee SEND Training
We offer two linked webinars for school governors around statutory school responsibilities for supporting pupils with SEN, disabilities, and medical needs. The sessions are delivered via Teams on consecutive evenings.
Bookings for these webinars can be made through Schools Choice governor training.
'Thank you for such clear and informative training on such complex issues.’
'A very helpful session – lots of guidance and good examples – thank you.'
SENDIASS events calendar
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