News and updates

See below for the latest news and updates from Supportive Parents. You can find all our periodically published newsletters here.


EHCP Annual Review Workshop (South Glos) 28th June

This workshop is aimed at parents of children with SEND and/or young people with SEND who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and who live in South Gloucestershire.

The workshop will provide you with information about Annual Reviews. By the end of the workshop, we hope to have helped you understand:

* how to prepare for an Annual Review of an EHCP

 * how to ensure your views are heard

 * what should happen both during and after the Review.

It will be delivered by Supportive Parents' South Gloucestershire team.

Registration from 9.45am - 10.00am. Refreshments are provided. Car parking is available on site.

You are encouraged to bring your child/young person's current EHCP with you or any other relevant paperwork, such as letters from professionals/school report etc.

Spaces are limited to 15. To book your free place click the poster to the left to complete a simple registration process. 

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EHC Annual Review Workshop, Thursday 17th May

This FREE workshop is aimed at parents or carers of children with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) who have an Education Health and Care Plan and who live in Bristol. The workshop will help you understand the process of an EHCP Annual Review, feel confident in preparing for your child or young person’s Annual Review, and feel confident in helping your child or young person to prepare for their Annual Review. We have 20 spaces available. Booking is essential, by clicking on the image to the left.  (You can book from 27th April until bookings close on 11th May).

The event will be held in central Bristol at the Bristol Energy Hub, Ground Floor, Unit 5-6, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UH. The venue is located along the waterfront, near to the Watershed and the Tourist Information Centre.

Parents and carers are encouraged to bring with them their child's EHC plan and any additional relevant paperwork, on the day.

Refreshments available.


SEND Tribunal National Trial 

The SEND national trial (single route of redress) launched on 3rd April. This two year national trial extends the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans. The Tribunal will be able to do this for Local Authority decisions made and EHC plans issued or amended, as part of a SEND appeal.  Read more here.


DfE announcement


The Secretary of State for Education has made a series of announcements under the banner: New action to improve outcomes for children with additional needs. This includes:

•        The launch of an externally led review of exclusions, led by former Children’s Minister Edward Timpson

•        A ‘roadmap’ setting out how the government will transform alternative provision

•        A £4 million Alternative Provision Innovation Fund

•        A call for evidence on how to improve educational outcomes for Children in Need

Details can be found here:

Edward Timpson has also written an article in the Daily Telegraph here:


Sensory support service helpline for children, families and schools

Sensory Support Service Helpline is a Joint Authority Support for Children, Families and Schools

Supporting children and young people with Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment or Multi-Sensory Impairment

For EY settings, educational settings including colleges, other professionals, organisations, families and CYP with Sensory Impairment (SI)

The Sensory Support Service has a helpline available to anyone who requires information and advice about meeting the needs of Children and Young People with Sensory Impairment.



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