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News and updates

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


North Somerset Support Group - 18th March 7-9pm at Yeo Valley Children's Centre Congresbury, BS49 5DX 

Adam Burley from Burley Inclusive will be joining us. Adam is a regional tutor for the Makaton charity. He will be providing a taster Makaton session aimed to inform parents and carers. The Makaton communication program is comprised of hand signing and picture symbols that are used to support communication development for children and young people/adults with learning disabilities. Burley Inclusive is a learning disability tutoring service working with learners in their own homes, communities and work placements to develop skills and person centred strategies for further independence. They also provide training for parents and carers. More information can be found at and


Children and Families Bill passes through Parliament 

MPs debated the amendments proposed by the House of Lords to the Children and Families Bill on Monday 10 February 2014. They agreed to all the amendments recommended by the House of Lords. You can read a transcript of the full debate here.


South Glos consultation - Changes to Services for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

There is still time to add comments to South Gloucestershire Council consultation Changes to Services for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities – closing date 24th February


North Somerset Support Group tonight Thursday 13th February at The Firs, St Barnabas Centre, West Hill, Portishead BS20 6LN, 7pm - 9pm.

Don't forget it's Support Group tonight it's a chance to share your concerns so come along if you can.


DfE Consultation - Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

Comment on the draft statutory guidance for supporting pupils at school with medical conditions. Closing date Friday 14th March 2014.