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.
Please find attached details of activities that may be of interest to families.
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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.
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
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.
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 - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/445688
Complex Neurodevelopmental Problems - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/447103
Behavioural Management in Special Education Needs - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/511784
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/505731
Supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/505960
Autistic Spectrum Matters - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/505735
Mild to Severe Learning Disability - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/513655
Hidden Disabilities Matter - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/511196
Autism: Combining Therapies and Collaborative Treatment - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/480831
Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CT): Families and Professionals - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/480825
Autistic Spectrum Issues - https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/447238
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.
Some additional helpful hints:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV)
‘Driving change and improvement for SEND services in Plymouth through collaborative engagement’
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. www.plymouthpcv.co.uk
Please pass this information on to your SEND parent body and we look forward to seeing you soon.