It's almost the end of another term and another academic year! As ever we've been busy with coffee mornings and meetings, as well as hosting our second free Family Fun Day which was a huge success! Speaking of coffee mornings our 'Ladies in Red' event has been growing in popularity with the addition of regular visits from Sendias and the START Team. Inside you'll find details of future dates and who is attending as well as news on other activities we've been up to! Download it here!
Saturday 8th June, 11-2pm, Northern House School, Jensen Avenue, Lanchester Way, Solihull, B36 9LF.
We're putting on our second Family Fun Day very soon. It's a fabulous FREE event for Solihull SEND children and their families. We have lots of free activities such as a bouncy castle, gaming bus, archery, crafting and alpacas. Also on offer will be free barbecue food and ice cream - but it's first come first served so don't delay! And don't worry if the weather isn't kind - we have a rainy day option so the fun can continue.
Last year we had some lovely feedback on this event so please come and enjoy the day. We look forward to seeing you there.
It's been a another busy few months for Solihull Parent Carer Forum. Aside from the usual meetings we've hosted a law event and presented results of our survey into Reasonable Adjustments! There's been some good news on the provision front as well as an announcement about our FREE Summer event. We hope you enjoy this our third newsletter!
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Under the Equality Act 2010, education providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure disabled students are not discriminated against. The Solihull Parent Carer Forum noticed that “Reasonable Adjustments” within education settings in Solihull was an important topic to gain parental opinions on. We therefore designed a survey which attempted to do this, and 209 people decided to take part so thank-you! The results will help to inform future practice and policies within Solihull.
So far we have presented the results to the Ed SEND sub group and the SEND board and there has been considerable interest in the results from the Local Authority, Educational Psychologists, SISS, Schools and other professionals. In addition to the report, you can view a video presentation by Natasha Compton. If you’d like more information about Reasonable Adjustments you can visit the Disability Rights UK website where you’ll find a useful fact-sheet.
FREE SEND Law Workshop for Parents & Carers - Children Out of School and School Transport
Is your child anxious in school and a ‘school refuser’? Are they out of school and you don’t know what to do? Has your child been refused school transport - either with or without an EHCP?
We have invited prominent, specialist SEN solicitor Gurvinder Kaur to advise parents as to the law surrounding the enormous issue of children out of school, particularly with anxiety, as well as the issue of School Transport.
Key talking points:
Our (very quick) AGM will take place prior to the legal workshop. ***NO NEED TO BOOK!***
Who is Gurvinder Kaur?
Gurvinder is a highly regarded Solicitor specialising in the area of Special Educational Needs Law, having over 12 years’ experience in this niche area. She exclusively represents children, young adults and their families in securing access to state funded special educational provision including specialist school and college placements, regularly challenging EHCPs in the SEN Tribunal forum.
Solihull Parent Carer Forum have been very busy for the last few months. We've attended many meetings and events as well as created and distributed our first survey. We hope you enjoy this our second newsletter!
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We are proud to present the first edition of our newsletter - Forum Focus! This can be downloaded below:
Many thanks to all who came to our meeting today. We now have our Management Committee which will be announced soon! Pictured is the signing of our Partnership Agreement with Ann Lowe Head of the 0-25 service and Hazel Clarke from Sendiass. Here’s to new beginnings of the Solihull Parent Carer Forum!