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Have your say on SEND services

Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group are asking for feedback on how to strengthen support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The 2020-2023 Northumberland Strategy for Special Educational Needs sets out the local partnership’s vision for developing and improving the support provided for children and young people with additional needs and their families.

The consultation will run for 7 weeks, from Monday 1 February until Friday 19 March. If you have any queries, please contact 01670 623 960.

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SEND: Join our online forum

As we will be unable to get out and about across the county to meet with and listen to people for a while, we’re holding some public online forums, and we’d like you to join us. If you are unable to take part but would like to tell us about your experiences of these services, Caroline and Lesley will be available by phone, text and email each Wednesday between 3.00pm and 4.00pm to listen, answer any questions and help with providing information about services.

The forums will take place via Zoom. Read our guide on how to use Zoom.

The subject of this online forum is special educational needs and disabilities, so if you’d like to share your experiences of services in the last 12 months, or those of someone close to you, please join us.

If you would like to take part please contact Laura Kane: laurak@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk, or call 03332 408468.

 

Find out about our other online forums

 

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In It Together Annual Conference (Hexham)

This year’s In It Together Parent Carer Forum annual conference is entitled ‘Getting it Right.’ The theme is preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The event will be of interest to all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland, but particularly those in Year 6 and above.

This year there will be two events in the county. You can book for the Hexham event here.

There is also an event in Alnwick at the Rugby Club on 19 March. More details and bookings here.

For further information about the conference please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum: info@in-it-together.org.uk or call: 07729192909.

children playing on grassland

In It Together Annual Conference (Alnwick)

This year’s In It Together Parent Carer Forum annual conference is entitled ‘Getting it Right.’ The theme is preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The event will be of interest to all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland, but particularly those in Year 6 and above.

This year there will be two events in the county. You can book for the Alnwick event here.

There is also an event in Hexham at the Mart on 20 March. More details and bookings here.

For further information about the conference please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum: info@in-it-together.org.uk or call: 07729192909.

Little girl blowing bubbles

SEND Information Roadshow – Alnwick

These roadshows from  In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council are for families of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland and the professionals who work with them.

Each event will include:

  • Information stalls representing a wide range of services and organisations, including Healthwatch Northumberland
  • Workshops on the Graduated Approach for children and young people with SEND

 

Booking is not required. Just come along when you can between 10am and 4pm.

For further information please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum, at info@in-it-together.org.uk  or by calling 07729 192909.

Little girl blowing bubbles

SEND Information Roadshow – Ashington

These roadshows from  In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council are for families of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland and the professionals who work with them.

Each event will include:

  • Information stalls representing a wide range of services and organisations,.
  • Workshops on the Graduated Approach for children and young people with SEND

 

Booking is not required. Just come along when you can between 10am and 4pm.

For further information please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum, at info@in-it-together.org.uk  or by calling 07729 192909.

Little girl blowing bubbles

SEND Information Roadshow – Hexham

These roadshows from  In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council are for families of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland and the professionals who work with them.

Each event will include:

  • Information stalls representing a wide range of services and organisations, including Healthwatch Northumberland
  • Workshops on the Graduated Approach for children and young people with SEND

 

Booking is not required. Just come along when you can between 10am and 4pm.

For further information please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum, at info@in-it-together.org.uk  or by calling 07729 192909.

Your Help Needed! – In It Together Event

In It Together has been working with staff at County Hall on future developments in SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). They are keen to work with more parents and carers across the county on a number of tasks. These include co-producing different pieces of information.

One of the tasks is to revise the forms that you and your children/young people fill in, which state your thoughts and feelings around their education and needs. Nicola Taylor (SEND Project Manager) and Angela Davies (School Improvement Lead for SEND) will be coming along to In It Together locality meetings to introduce and work through some of the tasks. They are keen to involve as many people as possible to obtain a broad range of views, so if you can spare a couple of hours to attend it would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend but wish to contribute please get in touch.

The Tree House at The Alnwick Garden

In It Together Spring Conference

In It Together are a group of parents and carers of children and young people with a wide range of disabilities and special needs who come together regularly to informally express our views and opinions on the type of services families need in Northumberland. The group works closely with service providers to develop and maintain accessible, high quality services for all children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, working towards a positive future for all.

In It Together are holding their Annual Conference on Thursday 15th March starting at 10.00am at The Alnwick Garden. It will be open to all parents and carers of children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities living or educated in Northumberland. For more information email: info@in-it-together.org.uk.

Small child laughing and playing

SEND Information Roadshow – Alnwick

These roadshows from In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council are for the families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Northumberland and the professionals who work with them.

The events, which are also at Ashington on 14 September and Hexham on 25 September will have information stalls from a wide range of services and organisations, including Healthwatch Northumberland, plus workshops including the topics: Special Educational Needs and Preparing for Adulthood.

Booking isn’t required, just come along any time between 1pm and 6pm.

For more information please contact In It Together by emailing: info@in-it-together.org.uk or call: 0772 919 2909.

Little girl playing

In It Together SEND Consultation Events

These events are for families of young people who have special educational needs and disabilities. The events are  co-produced between the local authority and In It Together, the Northumberland parent-carer forum.

We are looking for discussions with parents and others about what specialist services, support to mainstream schools and specialist schools Northumberland needs for the future. We would like your views on what is needed in your part of Northumberland and across the whole county.

 

Dates for consultations are:

 

 3rd July    Tweedmouth Middle School

4th July     Newminster Middle School School 

6th July    Haltwhistle Middle School

10th July   Cramlington Learning Village

11th July   Blyth Academy

12th July    Rothbury First School

17th July    Glendale Middle School

18th July  James Calvert Spence College

19th July    Bellingham Middle School

20th July     The Fuse, Prudhoe

 All taking place between 6.00pm – 8.30pm

 

If you are interested please e-mail in-it-together.org.uk or telephone 07729192909. If you would like to attend your local consultation event but have difficulties with transport please contact us. In It Together may be able to assist you. The group wants to reach out to as many families as possible, including people who couldn’t attend last year’s events.