Welcome to our second Round Up covering the month of December. Although it was the end of the year, Solihull Parent Carer Forum were not slowing down. We have attended many meetings, supported a local event for SEND children and taken in the results of our EHCP Annual Review survey. Many thanks to those that have supported what we do and to those that have suggested what can be improved. Please download our December Round Up here.
The Solihull Parent Carer Forum (PCF) have been listening to some feedback from parents/carers and we've come up with a new way to let you all know what we've been up to. This is the first of the monthly round up boards planned and it's been a busy month. Please let us know if this is what you would like to hear from us and if there are any other ways we can engage with everyone more.
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So, as 2019 draws to a close, we have continued to engage with our parents/carers over the summer, whether that be at SolOFest or Safe Space swimming event to name a few. ‘Ladies in Red’ coffee mornings resumed in September and we have recently launched our new survey. We have decided to put in a new feature on our latest newsletter – a short bio about one committee member. This will be continued with a different member for subsequent editions. We begin with our Treasurer! For all this plus further information please download our November newsletter here.
Solihull Council have developed a new pathway for annual reviews in Solihull. The survey is LIVE throughout November so we can capture as many views as possible.
Access to survey is below:
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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