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Weekly E-Bulletin 222 week
ending 13.01.2017 

A round up of the week’s news and information from the Information, Advice and Support Service and our local parent/carer forum Voice4Parents Wolverhampton.  

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 Parent/Carer Workshop


  • Are you concerned about your child's progress in school?
  • Would you like to know how schools and settings can support children with Special Educational Needs and Disability?
  • Find out how schools support children with special educational needs and/or a disability and how you and your child will be involved in the process.
Friday 3rd February 9.30-11.30am at the Gem Centre - Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Booking is essential

Please click the image on the right to view our leaflet which explains how children and young people are supported in education.


Education, Health and Care Plans: Examples of good practice

Many of the families who use our service are going through the Education, Health and Care plan process.  This resource  has been produced to help practitioners write good quality Education, Health and Care plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014.   We think it will be helpful for you to see what sort of information might be in an EHC plan
The first part of this document includes excerpts from real EHC plans. In the second part there are two EHC plans which draw on real examples but the plans themselves relate to fictional children.
Discussion is taking place in Wolverhampton to consider this document and how it may influence best practice in the writing of EHC plans.  To find out more about Education, Health and Care plans, please see our website or come along to our free workshop:

Workshop for parents and carers : Educational, Health and Care Plans - Thursday 25th May 2017

For details and to book a place please call 01902 556945 or email

Are you eligible for Legal Aid in matters regarding Special Educational Needs and Disability?

If you meet certain criteria, Legal Aid may be available if you wish to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs and Disability against the decision of the Local Authority for example:
  • the Local Authority refuses to conduct an EHC needs assessment of your child
  • the Local Authority refuses to issue and EHC Plan
  • you are unhappy with the contents of your child’s EHC Plan or Statement of SEN.
The type of help available is known as “legal help”.  A parent or young person with a right of appeal eligible for this will receive support from a solicitor to help prepare and run an appeal and also seek independent expert advice.  It will not include advocacy support at a hearing.  
Check the civil legal advice website  to see if you may be entitled to legal aid.

Funding news
There has been a recent  announcement about further funding to support implementation of the SEN and Disability reforms.
This relates to Parent Carer Forums and Independent Supporters.
The details are included in this link 
Watch this space, we will share more information when we have it.

 New Chair for Voice4Parents 

We are delighted to announce that Jane Smith is the new Chair for Voice4Parents, Wolverhampton's parent carer forum. Jane takes over from outgoing Chair Alison Baggs.  Read what Jane has to say about taking up her new position:
"I have been elected as the new Chair of Voice4Parents and would like to take this opportunity to thank Alison Baggs for all the hard work and dedication she has given to the role of Chair over the past few years. I know the forum members,and the wider group of parents, will agree that Alison's appointment as Co-production Officer within the Information Advice and Support Service is a very positive further step towards parents and local services continuing to work together effectively and strategically to shape the services locally for our children and young people. Thankfully, Alison will still be a very active member of the forum as we wouldn't want to lose her.

Since I joined Voice4Parents five years ago, there have been many changes in the world of SEND and I feel confident that the changes we are seeing are for the better. Our work as a forum hinges on understanding the views and hearing about the experiences of parents and carers locally. We would encourage all parents and carers to let us know when things work well and also when they are not so good. We want to know and use the information you give us to improve experiences and shape services locally. This year, we plan to use social media as a more efficient means of keeping in touch and gathering feedback as well as being able to contact us via the Information, Advice and Support Service website, along with the feedback forms on the Local Offer. Please do get in touch so that we can all work together."

Jane Smith, Chair of Voice4Parents.

Tettenhall Wood School Workshops and Coffee Mornings

Your child does not have to be a pupil at Tettenhall Wood School for you to attend.

Parent Workshop

Helping Your Child Through SATs and GCSEs  - For many students with autism exams and tests add to their already anxious lives and therefore forms a barrier to success. This session will help parents and carers to take positive steps to provide them with the help they need.  Wednesday 18th January 2017  with Paul South - 
9.30am – 11am

Finance, Benefits, Carers Entitlement  - Navigating your way around benefits and being clear on your entitlement and that of your son or daughter can be complicated. This session aims to share which benefits and carers support is available, clarify your entitlement and provide you with the support you need.  Wednesday 25th January 2017 with Ann Draisey and Jatinder Jandu - 9.30am – 11am
Places MUST be booked for the workshops.  Call 01902 556519 

Parent Coffee Morning

Friday 27th January 2017  between 9.30am – 11.30am.  There is no need to book, just drop in.  Remember,  your child does not have to be a student at the school for you to attend.

Tettenhall Wood School, Regis Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8XF, Tel No: 01902 556519 Fax No: 01902 556520  Email: 

The Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing is planning to run the next Partners in Education, Health and Social Care course from 15th March 2017 and there are a limited number of places available.
This is a free short course run over 10 weeks ( on Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm) at City Campus for people who have had regular on going contact with health and social care services either for themselves or as a carer for a relative or friend. The course aims are to help them to develop the confidence and skills so that they can use their experiences of these services to help students on health and care courses to better understand the needs of service users and carers. They should on completion of the course be ready to support university staff in a number of different ways by drawing on their experiences of health and social care.
The course covers a range of topics and issues related to service user and carer involvement including ‘looking after yourself’, confidence building, presentations, talking to groups of students, interviewing skills and getting involved in research. There is no written exam for this course.

There are no course fees although participants will need to be willing to join our service user/carer group (SUCCESS) to support the Faculty in ways that are appropriate for them and their personal experiences as a service user or carer.
The sessions are run in a relaxed environment with plenty of support as needed. The closing date for expressions of interest for this short course is 12 noon on Monday 6 February 2017 and places will be limited.

Autism West Midlands

Autism West Midlands have  information sheets to download.  They contain practical advice and strategies for families, carers, teachers and other professionals. Please click here to see a list of these information sheets.
Build a Bird Box - Half Term Activity

Get the children involved in this free half term activity as part of National Nest Box Week (14th-21st February)

Build a Bird Box will be held on Monday, 20th February from 12 noon to 1pm at East Park, Hickman Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV1 2BS.

No experience required - just go along and build your bird box.  Take it home and decorate it.  Put it up in your garden and then keep a note of all the birds that visit it throughout the year, see who nests there.

Please remember that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Wearing suitable clothing and footwear.  There are no on-site refreshments at this site, so please feel free to bring a snack/drinks with you.  Please leave your pets at home for this event

Book early to avoid disappointment as there are only limited spaces available.

For more information about National Nest Box Week, go to

In the news!

Change 4 Life - As part of the annual Change 4 Life January campaign a new ‘Be Food Smart’ App has been launched this week.  The aim of the app is to provide families and young people with the sugar, fat and salt content of common food and drink items.  The app can be downloaded on a smartphone and products scanned using the camera.  For more information, see

Calling all young people – would you like to be on the big screen?
Not quite Hollywood but Wolverhampton needs you!  Some training is being developed for schools and for people working across education, health and social care about changes made to the law around special educational needs and disability.  Some short videos will be included in the training and we would love them to feature young people from Wolverhampton.  Would you be willing to read some lines for these films? Do you know somebody who would like to be involved?
If so, please get in touch with us at the Information, Advice and Support Service by 31st January 2017.

Contact Details

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