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Get involved in local events, stay up to date with the latest news, surveys and opportunities in Suffolk, meet other parents and tell us your views.

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High Needs Funding – Autumn Term 2018

In September 2018 all mainstream pupils including Further Education providers, will be moderated against new banding descriptors and using a new application process.
2 hour briefings for schools and post 16 providers will be held in July and September.

11 July - Ipswich, Castle Hill Community Centre, 10am to 12pm
18 July - West Suffolk, Moreton Hall Community Centre, 10am to 12pm
18 July - West Suffolk, Moreton Hall Community Centre, 1pm to 3pm for FE providers only
10 September - Venue and times TBA
11 September - Venue and times TBA

Please email or to book your place.

Read more about High Needs Funding.

Suffolk SEND review

Suffolk are undertaking a review of progress against its SEND Strategy on 12th July 2018 at Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich from 10am to 4pm. As part of the review process, our staff have undertaken an initial self-assessment of their progress against the following nine themes:

  1. The Local Offer website;
  2. SEND Communications including Children & Young People’s voice;
  3. The EHC Assessment and Key Working;
  4. Early Intervention & Support;
  5. Supporting Children & Young People to make good progress and achieve their outcomes;
  6. Sufficiency & Specialist Education Services;
  7. Accessibility to Health Services for Children & Young People with SEND;
  8. Accessibility to Care Services for Children & Young People with SEND; and
  9. Supporting Successful Transition into Adulthood.

We are really keen to hear from you on how you think we are progressing with our SEND Strategy to help inform our self-assessment and also to help us identify what future work needs to be undertaken to ensure children and young people with SEND and their families have access to information, services, support they need, to enable them to achieve their full potential.  

The event on 12th July 2018 will be split into two sessions, morning and afternoon with themes 1 – 5 being reviewed in the morning and themes 5 – 9 in the afternoon?

Please can you let us know if you are interested in attending and which theme you would like to contribute towards, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Andrea O’Connell SEND Programme Manager on

Redesign of Speech, Language & Communication Needs services for children & young people - Have your say!

We have been working hard over the past year to create a new Speech, Language and Communication Needs model for the children and young people of Suffolk. We are keen to hear your views and get your feedback on what you think of our proposal.

No need to book! Sessions are to be held on:

Tuesday 11th September 2018, 10am - 12pm, The Kirkley Centre, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ

Monday 17th September 2018, 10am - 12pm, Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9GY

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 10am - 12pm, Kesgrave Community Centre, Ipswich, IP5 1JF

For further information, please contact Suffolk Parent Carer Network on

SENDIASS - 'EHC plan' workshops for parents & carers

Does your child have an EHC plan or is an EHC needs assessment underway?

SENDIASS is offering free workshops for parents and carers explaining the purpose of an Education, Health and Care Plan and how it can help your child. 

Exploring key sections and responsibilities, how you and your child can be involved and what to do if you are uncertain about the Plan.

Book your free place via Eventbrite:

Surveys / Consultations

Open consultation - New national IASS minimum standards

The Council for Disabled Children are currently consulting on a draft of the new Minimum Standards for Information Advice and Support Services. These are part of the IAS Programme and will be the basis of future operational plans and linked funding in 2019/20.

Minimum standards draft consultation

Feedback and comments welcomed via the online survey, the consultation period will close on Monday 3rd September 2018.

Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Sufficiency Consultation – Education Element

The SEND Sufficiency Plan is a co-produced strategic plan that sets out how Suffolk County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Suffolk will develop future services for children and young people with SEND. The final SEND Sufficiency plan will reflect the development of all provision and services within education, health and social care for children and young people with SEND, however, for the purposes of this consultation we are only focussing on specialist education placements.

Views of parents are a really important part of this process and we have been fortunate to hear some of your thoughts and ideas already through the SEND Sufficiency workshops and in the co-production meetings with Jo Hammond, Co-Chair for Suffolk Parent Carer Network. The feedback from these workshops and discussions has informed the development of a set of key principles for commissioning specialist educational provision and has helped to shape the three options proposed within this consultation. We have looked at each option in terms of meeting the principles, speed and value for money. A ‘quick guide’ to the consultation is available on the following link:

We would like to encourage you to read the consultation and take the time to provide us with your views, it is really important to us that we reflect what Suffolk parents/ carers think and feel about how we should develop our special education provision in our final plan. The consultation begins on the 26 June and will finish on the 7 August.

The Future of Mental Health Services – A Very Different Conversation

This consultation is described as "a unique opportunity to express your views about how mental health and emotional wellbeing services are developed and delivered across east and west Suffolk."

Rather than asking about individual services, the consultation wants views on mental health and emotional wellbeing services "in all their variations, from maternal mental health to eating disorders to dementia, to name but a few."

Healthwatch Suffolk, Suffolk User Forum, Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk Parent Carer Network, Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, West Suffolk CCG and Norfolk and Suffolk NHSFT are all working in partnership on this project in order to

If you would like to hear more about their work or get involved please contact or telephone 0800 448 8234, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on behalf of the partnership.


SENDIASS - Become a 'SEND Parent Champion'

More dates/venues to follow in the Autumn term, visit the SENDIASS website for details.

Suffolk On Board - Independent travel training

Suffolk County Council is working in partnership with Essex County Council to deliver travel training for students in schools with additional needs.

This has a particular focus on preparing students for travel to College or Sixth Form.

Find out more from the Suffolk On Board website

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