News and updates

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

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This Autumn's Parent Support Groups 

If your child has any kind of Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND), you are welcome to come along and meet our team.

We meet monthly so you can meet other parents, share your experiences/concerns and find out more about SEND. We also welcome interested professionals.

Tuesday 8th September - Portishead

Tuesday 15th September - Yate

Thursday 8th October - Portishead

Tuesday 20th October - Kingswood



Updated Fact Sheet: SEND Implementation and Transitional arrangements

In July Minister Edward Timpson announced that the Government will extend the maximum timescale for transferring individual statements into EHC  plans from 16 to 20 weeks, matching the timescale for new assessments. This will take effect from 1 September 2015. An updated "SEND implementation and transitional arrangements" fact sheet is now available here  


Avon Valley Music Train inclusive events

Enjoy a train ride and live music with Avon Valley Railway Music Train (carers free) - primarily funded by South Gloucestershire Council to provide enriched inclusive events.

For more details click here or visit their website



Statement regarding charity Kids Company

The Independent Support delivery partner Kids has asked us to release the following statement on their behalf:

“KIDS and Kids Company are two completely separate organisations with no connections.

KIDS services are not under threat and we would like to confirm that all our services continue to run as per normal.

We would like to assure all  the children, young people and families that we support and all our partners and commissioners that KIDS services are not affected in any way what so ever.

KIDS supports 8,000 disabled children and young people every year and we provide much needed support to families throughout England”. For more information see



Supportive Parents launch new-look Newsletter

Welcome to our new look newsletter, hopefully you’ll love it as much as we do! 

As well as a new 'look and feel', we have added extra content:-

RESOURCES - read about our online resources including our new You Tube animation and downloadable SEND resources, tailored for your local area in Bristol, South Glos or North Somerset.

INTRODUCING SP 9 -  can you help us develop our new service for people aged 16-25?

NATIONAL NEWS - Minister announces extension of transfer times from statements to EHC Plans

Let us know what you think and please share it with your friends, colleagues and SENCO’s. 

With best wishes for the summer holiday,

The team at Supportive Parents