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Navigating the Festive Season: A Guide for SEND Families

The holiday season is often synonymous with joy, celebration, and togetherness. Christmas is a time of diverse traditions and celebrations, reflecting the rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds that make up our global community. Families around Bristol bring their unique customs and practices to the festive season, creating a kaleidoscope of celebrations. From special meals […]

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Repairing the fractured relationship with SEND services

The Bristol SEND reinspection showed improvement in 4/5 areas, but fractured relationships with families remain. We gathered ideas from parent carers to help shape & inform an action plan for the Department for Education (DfE) & SEND services to help repair this relationship. We have complied these thoughts into a report and next steps parent […]

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Written statement of action update

In 2019 SEND services in Bristol were inspected. Five areas of weakness were identified by Ofsted and the CQC and the Written Statement of Action (click here for link) was created to plan the improvements in these five areas. In January 2022 Bristol Parent Carers ran five surveys, one for each area of weakness – […]

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IPSEA – SEND Tribunal Hints & Tips

Do you need to go to a SENDist to appeal against a refusal to carry out an EHC needs assessment?

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Needs Led Approach Survey Outcomes 2022

The BNSSG Parent Carer forums recently ran a survey gathering feedback from Parent Carers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) to find out families experiences and thoughts regarding autism assessment.

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BCC – Update to Education, Health & Care Plan Forms

Bristol City Council has made some changes to their Education, Health and Care plan forms. Check them out using the links below.

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SEND and You – Personal Budgets & The Local Offer

Important information from SEND and You on Personal Budgets.

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FLORA – New Information Service

Would you like to speak to someone about your child’s additional needs? You can now contact the new FLORA team (Families, Local Offer, Resources and Advice).

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IPSEA – EHC Phase Transfer Reminder

For those transferring from secondary school to a post-16 institution, the EHC plan must be reviewed and amended by March 31st in the year of transfer; for all other phases of transfer, the deadline is February 15th in the year of transfer.

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BCC – Ordinarily Available Provision

If you have a child struggling to access support in school, Bristol City Council have created an Ordinarily Available Provision document which should help show you what the schools should be doing.

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