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Special educational needs updates

Special educational needs and disabilities updates Autumn term 2017

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Feedback gathered by the Special Educational Needs team  

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) team are gaining feedback on how parents, children, young people and professionals found the: 

  • Transfer review meetings 
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment meetings

The main findings received from the summer 2017 terms are as follows.

  • 90% young people who attended their meetings felt they were able to say what they wanted
  • 91% of parents felt prepared for their child’s transfer review meeting
  • 95% of parents felt prepared for their child’s EHC meeting
  • 100% of parents felt satisfied with the transfer review meetings with the majority feeling very satisfied (73%)
  • 100% of parents felt satisfied with the EHC meetings with the majority feeling very satisfied (78%)
  • The majority of parents felt able to contribute at the meetings

One parent wrote “Very helpful having an open discussion and sharing thoughts”.

Feedback was also gathered from a range of professionals including school staff, health professionals, Educational Psychologist, learning support services and ASSIST.  

96% of these professionals felt prepared and satisfied with the EHC meetings and transfer review meetings. Feedback from professionals included “Always really well organised and a clear focus on outcomes and pupil contribution”. 

New drop in service   

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) team have introduced a drop in at Highwood Annexe, Woodley for parents to come and discuss anything SEN related.

The service will run fortnightly on a Thursday from 9:30am until 11:30am. The first drop-in session took place on the 21 September.

To find out more visit the Special Educational Needs (SEN) drop in surgeries web page.

New ASD Resource 

In September The Oaks specialist resource for young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis opened at St Crispin’s School, please visit the schools website to find out further information and to view The Oaks prospectus.

Transferring Statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care Plans 

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Transfers for children who had Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to EHC plans are due to be completed by 31 March 2018. 

Although it has taken longer to complete the transfers than we would have wished we have now completed 78% and are on target to meet this deadline. 

Many thanks to the children, young people and their parents and schools for working collaboratively to achieve this.

For information on transfer dates go to our transferring Statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care Plans web page.

Information, advice and support for children and young people 

Did you know that the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) can also support children and young people? 

SENDIASS provide all the same services to young people as they do to parents and carers and can either support them alongside their parents or separately.  

  • Help children and young people:
  • To complete their annual reviews or EHC assessments
  • To understand reports
  • By attending meetings with them, helping them express their views or discuss their concerns about their learning
  • Understand what help they can reasonably expect
  • Find other sources of support and advice 

If you feel your child or young person would benefit from this support please talk to them and help them to get in touch with us by: 

We're looking for volunteers

Do you have some time to spare? Have you benefited from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) and would like to help parents or young people in a similar situation? We are currently looking for volunteers to enable us to help even more parents and young people. Training will be available. 

Tasks may include

  • Supporting a parent or young person at a meeting with professionals
  • Helping a parent to fill in their annual review paperwork
  • Attending parent group meetings and explain how SENDIASS can help 

If you are interested volunteering with us or would like to find out more information please get in touch by

 Short Breaks Consultation

 Thank you to those who took part in the recent consultation events for the new short breaks statement.  The council have worked together with REACH Wokingham and parents to update the statement which is now available on the Local Offer: Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities (PDF document).

The final version of the statement will be available from January 2018 and will reflect the changes being introduced from April 2018 regarding how parents of disabled children and young people apply for support in the form of a short break evolving.  If you have a question about the Short Breaks statement please contact the CAN network by

Steering Group

SENDIASS, in co-production with REACH Wokingham, are forming a steering group comprising parent carers, education, health and care professionals to develop the service we offer to ensure it best meets the needs of the parents, carers, children and young people of Wokingham Borough. We will meet once a term at Wokingham Youth Centre, alternating between mornings (9.30am) and evenings (7.30pm).

The purpose of the steering group is to guide the development of Wokingham SENDIASS, to identify what is working well, what could be improved and to identify any gaps in the service provided, whilst ensuring that it maintains its impartiality and arm’s length status from the Local Authority.

We are looking for parents with a wide range of experiences of the SEN system.

Please contact us if you are interested by

The Local Offer Live Day

The Local Offer live day on Saturday 30 September at St Crispins Leisure Centre provided Wokingham families who have a child or young person with an additional need, an opportunity to enjoy the freedom of a day out without any worries.  There was a good turnout of families with children from age 2 to15 who were able to take advantage of a number of free activities including, trampolines, bouncy castle, face painting, reptiles and the very popular climbing wall.  A programme of outdoor sports was very popular and even the odd shower didn’t deter the enthusiasm of youngsters to enjoy this opportunity to be allowed to have fun in a relaxed, safe environment.  

Parents enjoyed browsing the information stands from the various organisations as well as chatting to each other.  The Wokingham Borough Council teams included: the CAN Network, Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team, SENDIASS and Bridges Resource Centre. The services were busy all day chatting to new and existing parents. There was a great atmosphere and a truly enjoyable day for everyone.

There was lots of positive feedback from children and parents: 

  • “Very useful to talk face to face”
  • “Fantastic”
  • “Amazing”
  • “Kids loved all the activities and the free refreshments”
  • “Re-assuring to talk to SENDIASS”
  • “Very informative”
  • “Good social gathering”
  • “Great for kids”
  • “Well run”
  • “Thumbs up” 

Young people filmed informative videos for the Local Offer

A group of talented students at Reading College with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) made a series of videos to go on the Local Offer. The aim of the videos are to offer support to young people who are thinking of going to Reading College. The videos can be viewed on the council’s YouTube channel and through the Reading College directory listing on the council’s website.

Adam who appears in the video reflected: “These videos would have eased my anxiety before going to my course interview as I would have seen what college looked like and the support they offer".

Feedback and comments 

We are always keen to hear feedback from you about our Local Offer.  This can be provided via our online Local Offer survey or by emailing the Family Information Service at info.families@wokingham.gov.uk

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