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Consultation for Plymouth SEND Local Offer

Plymouth City Council would like parents of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to tell us whether you have used the Plymouth SEND Local Offer website and whether or not it was useful.

This survey is completely anonymous and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. 

Your views, comments and thoughts will be used to help us improve the Plymouth SEND Local Offer website.



Take the survey at:






Please find attached details of activities that may be of interest to families.

To book, please contact the providers directly as per flyers.

Short Breaks Family Fun Day
Sunday 20th October 2019, 1-5pm at Plymouth Life Centre
Time for You
Taster sessions on Monday’s 30th September & 7th October 2019
8 weekly meetings from Monday 14th October 2019, 10am-12pm at Routeways

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SEN Information Report 2018

Dani-Mation at Plymouth University:


Please find attached a flyer for upcoming workshop opportunities for pupils from the age of 10 upwards (there is a charge).  Dani-Mation is a company run by autistic people for autistic people, helping pupils develop their talents in computer, art and IT animation and related competencies, through certificated short course summer camps and workshops.

Free Sessions available at the Plympton Hub

Plymouth Parent Carer Voice

Send Conference

The information below is about forthcoming events that parents and carers with children and young people with SEND might like to be involved with.


Funday - for families with children with SEND and their siblings - 20.02.19


Accessing Public Services with CEREBRA -for parent/carers and those who support them - 04.03.19


Behaviour Toolkit - Primary - for families who want support in making a behaviour plan - 29.04.18


Enhanced Transition Consultation

Argyle Community Short Breaks

Argyle Soccer Road Shows - February Half Term 2019

Routeways Devonport Park Activity Centre and Beckly Centre

Routeways - February Half Term Dates

For parents/carers of year 9 and year 10 students

The Local Offer Events for Parents

January & February Sessions at Routeways

Fun days

Dates: Friday 4 January and Wednesday 20 February

These are 2 two hour sessions on each day. They run from 10-12 and 1-3pm. These are available to families with children and young people with SEND. This includes siblings.

We will have 2 bouncy castles, a smaller enclosed bouncy castle, sumo suits, a princess and a hero. There will be music and games as well as face painting and arts and crafts. Refreshments will be available. The tickets cost £5 per family but the price is refundable when you attend or cancel. Please only book 1 ticket per Family. Please be aware that parents and carers are responsible for the children and young people while at this event.

These events are being held in the Guildhall in the city centre.





Behavioural Toolkit workshop.

Dates: Monday 28 January and Monday 4 February

These are all-day sessions that run from 9.30 - 2.30 (please bring your own lunch). The sessions have been devised by James Cook from the CDC with input from ourselves. These are very popular sessions. Parents will leave the session with a personalised behaviour plan for the young person. The cost of this event is £5 which is refundable when you attend the session or cancel. This event is being held in the guildhall in the city centre.



Plymouth Information, Advice and Support For Send - Newsletter December 2018

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support For Send - Newsletter

Autism awareness courses available to access on line


Please find below information available that will support learning and awareness around people with autism. The courses are free.



MindEd – Autism & Related Problems

MindEd is a free online e-learning resource for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. MindEd is developed and supported by a group of multi-disciplinary organisations, known as the consortium. Its members are: the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Royal College of Nursing; the Royal College of General Practitioners; the British Psychological Society; the National Children’s Bureau and YoungMinds.


Autism and Related Problems -

Complex Neurodevelopmental Problems -

Behavioural Management in Special Education Needs -

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder -

Supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder -

Autistic Spectrum Matters -

Mild to Severe Learning Disability -

Hidden Disabilities Matter -

Autism: Combining Therapies and Collaborative Treatment -

Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CT): Families and Professionals -

Autistic Spectrum Issues -

Parents have written some quotes for our SEN page – this is what they have had to say:-

The quotes are:


About Supporting children and families of pupils with SEN

"My child's transition from nursery to foundation was fully supported, using visuals and he has been supported from his very first day."

"The whole team are friendly and approachable, nothing is too much trouble and they are willing to explore every possible avenue."


Quotations about the Parent Support Group:

"The Parent Support Group meetings are a great idea. A chance to meet other parents, SENCo and other agencies for help along our children's journeys."

"The meetings for parents are fantastic, the help and advice from other parents is reassuring, you know that you are not alone - or going mad!"

"Mrs Burns provides a parent support group which offers advice and information. We can listen and share our problems without feeling judged."

"The support in this group is great, we meet regularly and really look after each other."

Advice from Child Development Centre


We have listed below some potential sources of information you may find helpful.  We know that a diagnosis can help us to understand why a young person may present with certain challenges. However, there are strategies and solutions which can be put in place regardless of diagnosis.


  • The National Autistic Society has a log of helpful information on their website relating to issues such as behaviour, sleep and diet.  We know that these strategies can be helpful for a lot of young people not just those who have an autism diagnosis.                   
  • Contact a Family also have a range of useful tips on their website, including information for siblings and grandparents.                                                                
  • There are a number of books which provide helpful strategies for parents when addressing challenges with behaviour and other difficulties.  While some of these may be targeted towards young people with autism or other developmental conditions, we know that they can be helpful in many other circumstances. - Managing Family Meltdowns: the Low Arousal Approach and Autism - Linda Woodcock and Andrea Page - What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety - Dawn Huebner     
  • Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour is a factsheet produced by Falkirk Council which contains a range of information about how best to address issues which appear to be sensory in origin.                                                                        

Some additional helpful hints:

  • When communicating with your child you should do so clearly with an even tone and normal volume, using simple language.  Verbal communication will be most effective if you stand in front of your child where they can clearly see you.  Only one person should communicate with a child at a time. 
  • As far as possible we should focus on telling a child what we would like to see or what is going to happen, rather than telling them what is going to stop.
  • When a child is displaying difficult behaviours we should minimise our interactions with them and, if safe, leave the situation.  Any communication should come from one person, and should be clear and simple; you should avoid getting in to a conversation or argument.
  • It is important that we reward and praise a child when they show positive behaviour.  This may start with benefit from clear, immediate rewards.  Often praise and reinforcement can be enough, but you can also use tangible items.  Over time rewards can be worked towards by collecting tokens/stickers - the reward item should be clearly identified, and the time frame discussed with the young person.
  • It is helpful to use pictures or photos to help show a child what is going to happen.  For example, we can show them photos of a new activity or environment.  We can also use pictures to help make choices or show them their schedule for the day.


Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send

Cerebra - Issue 7 - 2018

Time For YOU! A supportive group for Mothers of Children with Additional Needs.

Change4life Healthy Families - Victoria Park/Devonport Park/Astor Park Activities

Routeways - Short Break Opportunites Summer 2018

Spirit of the Community Event - Celebration Lunch

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send - Summer Mix 2018

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send

Routeways - Short Breaks Opportunity May Half Term

Friends & Families Of Special Children Ltd - Training & Information Sessions 2018

Girls and Autism - Flying Under The Radar

Plymouth Parent Carer SEND Conference 2018

Plymouth Information Advice and Support For Send

Routeways - Easter Short Breaks

Autism Friendly Games Night

Autism Friendly Games Night 1

Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send

Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send 1
Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send 2
Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send 3
Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send 4

Livewell Southwest - Pilot Drop In Day Hosted by the Livewell Souhwest Children's Day Programme Team, Neuro Crisis Intervention Team and and the Neuro Developmental Team

Plymouth Information Advice and Support For Send

Short Breaks Family Fun Day

Developing Behaviour Toolkit

Developing Behaviour Toolkit 1

Support Groups for young people with the Autism Spectrum

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send - Newsletter October 2017



October Short Breaks


Routeways are running two of our popular Short Breaks activities during the October School Holidays.


If you would like your child to attend please contact your PSA Mrs Powell, we have limited spaces available.  If the activity is fully booked you will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted by email if a place becomes available. 


These Holiday Activities are for disabled children who qualify for direct access specialist Short Breaks.  More information at Short Breaks.  £10.00 per session.


Tuesday 24th October - Discover Dartmoor

Enjoy a walk on Dartmoor, follow Nature Trails, participate in a Bug Hunt and Den Building with natural materials.


Wednesday 25th October - Spooky Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a fun day a the Park, we will be making pumpkin shaped slime filled cupcakes, skull pizza, scary scarecrows and carving pumpkins.

National Autistic Society - Parent Support Group

National Autistic Society - Parent Support Group 1

Please find below details of an Inclusive Sports Information Morning at Plymouth Life Centre on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 10am-12 noon for parents of young people with additional needs in both Special and Mainstream schools.

Please direct any queries to Katy Wedgwood at:


Dear all,


After the success of the sports information morning at the Life Centre back in March, I would like to hold another event so that we can get information out to all parents of young people with additional needs across the City and surrounding areas.


Last time we focused on young people who were in Year 9 upwards with the emphasis being on supporting young people as they approach the transition from school to life after 18 so that they could continue to access sport.


We had a number of parents attend from Primary schools who had heard about the event, and I am keen to run this event again for parents of all young people across the age range with additional needs in both Special and Mainstream schools.


I can only do this with your support so I am asking you to confirm whether you could attend another information morning on Wednesday 22nd November 10am - 12midday. (set up from9am)


The feedback was fantastic and we had some real successes in signposting young people and their families to clubs they didn't know existed or that they could access.


I am passionate about this and I know that this is something that is essential in supporting young people and parents.


Please get back to me as soon as you are able to, to let me know if you are happy to be involved again.


Best wishes


Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV)

‘Driving change and improvement for SEND services in Plymouth through collaborative engagement’

  1. Parent Carer Voice is pleased to announce the first of its forthcoming schedule of events. In response to parental demand, our initial series will focus on behaviour, with free workshops targeting behavioural difficulties and behavioural strategies.

These events will be led by James Cooke and team, from Plymouth’s Child Development Centre. Places will be limited, therefore will need to be booked in advance.

These workshops are designed primarily for parents of children with SEND, but are also relevant for those working with children with SEND. Therefore we have reserved a few places for teachers and TAs who may wish to attend.

Exact dates, times and booking options are to be confirmed and will be announced on our website and social media pages in due course.

Please pass this information on to your SEND parent body and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Plymouth Information Advice & Support for Send - Newsletter July 2017

Short Breaks 2017

Short Breaks 2017 1

SEN Information Report 2017

Whizz - Kidz

Camhs Event

Camhs Event 1

Routeways - Easter Open Afternoon at Devonport Park

Routeways - Easter Open Afternoon at Devonport Park 1

Plymouth Information Advice and Support for Send

Routeways - Short Breaks

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send - Workshop and Survey

CAMHS Participation Groups

CAMHS Participation Groups

Beckly Newsletter November - December 2016

Plymouth Information Advice and Support For Send - December 2016 Events

Quiet At The Aquarium

Carers Rights Day 2016

Plymouth Information for Support and Send - October Edition

On Course - Autumn Family Fun Day

Devonport Park News Letter

Routeways Quiet Fireworks & Plymouth Music Zone and Sensory Sounds

Wolseley Trust - September - December Activities Brochure

Fun Day Poster 2016

Wolseley Trust Youth & Communities Activities - Summer Brochure

Summer Holiday Programme

Summer Mix 2016

Short Breaks Opportunities during the Summer Holidays

Family Learning Summer Specials

Family Learning at the Hub

Beckly Summer Term

Plymouth Information Advice And Support For Send

4 Children - June Half Term Programme

Short Breaks Opportunity May Half Term

Short Break Activities Summer 2016

Family Learning Poster

Beckly News Letter

Summer Programme - Children's Centre

Easter Newsletter

Easter at Beckly

Short Breaks Opportunity March Easter Break

Short Breaks Opportunity February Half Term

Parent Support - Autism focus

Football Skills and Coaching for Children with Special Needs and Disabilities age 6-12

Quiet Time at the Aquarium

Boccia 2015 Year 3

Boccia 2015 year 5