News and updates

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


Thank You - Working Together 

Our Working Together drop in event today for professionals was a great sucess thank you to all who attended!


North Somerset Support group Thursday 5th Dec 2013 7pm-9pm @ The Firs, St Barnabas Centre, West Hill, Portishead, BS20 6LN. 

Along with a mince pie or two we will be having a final look at the Draft SEN Code of Practice and providing you with an update on both national and local developments around the changes that the government have set out for SEN and Disability. These changes have not been easy to follow but it is important that parents understand what is happening and what changes will be taking place, if you would like to know more please do come along.


Delivering support and aspiration for disabled young people 

learning from pathfinder areas about how to deliver the special educational needs and disability reforms for 14-25 year olds. The guide click here sets out the learning from the local areas piloting the SEN and disability reforms. It aims to help all local areas get ready to implement the reforms over the next year and improve life chances for young people. Whilst the publication is aimed primarily at local authorities and their health partners, families may find it useful to read about what has been learnt in the pilot areas about improving life chances for young disabled people through the SEN reforms.


Increasing options and improving provision for children with special educational needs (SEN) (policy) 

This webpage outlines Department for Education policy to improve the support system for children and young people with SEN and their families. It includes regular updates on actions and progress.


South Glos Support Group 19th Nov 7.30pm - 9pm Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green Secondary School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LB

As you may be aware the Government are planning to introduce sweeping reforms to the SEN system from September 2014. The changes mean that there will be a new SEN Code of Practice to provide guidance for professionals in how to make the system work. The Government are consulting on this draft Code until December 9th and we are using support group on Tuesday to support parents to send a response to the Government.

The new code is a very large document with a wide range of questions that the Government are asking, so in a 90 minute session session we are not going to be able to look at all of it!

We are planning to look at sections which may be of more immediate interest to parents. These are : Chapter 3 - A Family Centered System (This deals with involving families and young people in decision making, impartial information, advice and support and Parent Carer Forums) Chapter 6 - Early Years, Schools, colleges and other education providers (This chapter deals with how schools and other educational settings 0-25 will meet the needs of children with SEN) Chapter 7 - Assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans (This chapter explains how statutory assessments which may lead to Education, Health and Care Plans will be carried out)

You can read all of the consultation documents and the draft code at

Please note the anti bullying workshop has been postponed.