News and updates

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


Support Group 12th Nov 7-9pm The Firs Drove Road, WSM, BS23 3NX

Supportive Parents will be holding a support group meeting on Tuesday 12th November, 7.00 - 9.00 pm at The Firs Resource Centre 89a Drove Road,Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 3NX. to discuss and consult on the new draft Code of Practice for SEN. We would like to gather parents and carers views to supply feedback to this consultation.

On 4th October the government released a draft version of both the 0 to 25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and regulations for consultation. These set out the detail of the proposed new SEN legal framework within the Children and Families Bill that is currently in Parliament. This consultation proposes the removal of School Action and School Action Plus, replacing SEN statements (for schools) and learning difficulty assessments (for young people in further education and training) with single 0 to 25 education, health and care plans.

The draft documents contain sections on:

Assessment and plans
A children’s appeal pilot
Approval of Independent Educational Institutions, Independent Schools and Special Post-16 Institutions
The Local Offer
Personal budgets
Children remaining in special schools not in receipt of a plan
SEN information
SENCO regulations

The consultation closes on 9th December.

Email consultation responses to:


South Glos Support Group 15th Oct 7.30pm - 9pm Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green Secondary School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LB

South Glos Support Group 15th Oct 7.30 - 9pm Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green Secondary School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LB. We look forward to welcoming you at Brimsham Green. This month we would like to understand how many of you feel that your child is bullied and find out how well their school deals with bullying. Come along for an opportunity to share your experiences and network with other parents.


Support Group Meeting, 10th Oct 7pm - 9pm @ The Firs,St Barnabas Childrens Centre, Portishead BS20 6LN

Supportive Parents next Support Group meeting will be taking place on Thursday 10th October, 7pm-9pm pm at The Firs, St Barnabas Centre, Portishead BS20 6LN -  Please do come along and join us, for support and information, to meet other parents and to share experiences


Draft 0 to 25 SEN Code of Practice, consultation document

The new draft SEN Code of Practice has been published for consultation click here. The consultation closes 9 December 2013


Reminder - AGM Monday 7th October 7.30pm - 8.30pm Royal Oak House BS1 4GB 

The AGM is a great opportunity to hear more about the work we have been doing and our plans for the future -  we hope can join us!