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


Children and Families Bill - Next Steps

The Government has just announced that it will overhaul the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system under new legislation announed in the Queen's speech 9 May.  The Bill is expected to be introduced early in 2013. 

The key measurers will be:

  • 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from 2014
  • statutory protection comparable with existing statements of SEN
  • a published local offer of support for families of children with SEN and disablities.
  • personal budgets for those with EHCP
  • mediation for disputes and the child's right to appeal to tribunal

'Support and aspiration: A new approach to SEN and disability - progress and next steps' was published 15th May


North Somerset Support Group 15th May 7.30-9.30pm @ The Firs Resource Centre 89a Drove Road WSM BS23 3NX


South Gloucestershire Support Group 15th May 7.30-9.15pm Brimsham Green Secondary School BS37 7LB

Come along and meet Kathryn Mason our new South Gloucestershire Local Coordinator


Support Group 17th April 7.30-9.15pm Brimsham Green Secondary School BS37 7LB 

It is Anne Jerrom's last support group tonight as she is retiring next week.  Anne has been Local Coordinator for South Gloucestershire for 17 years and will be greatly missed.  We wish Anne a long and happy retirement!


New - Spring 2012 Newsletter

Our Newsletter is available now - click here