Events
  1. Short Breaks Survey Part 2: what type of short break do you want?

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    If you want to make sure the short break offer in Greenwich matches what you and your child wants, please complete our super-fast 2 minute survey. This follows on from the first survey which looked at the times you would like a break; this time we ask you questions about the type of short break that your child would enjoy. Do you really need overnight respite, perhaps with medical support? Are you trying to find an after school provision and currently drawing a blank? Does your child have a hobby or interest that you would love them to pursue with...
  2. Implementing the Reforms: new guidelines

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    If you want to understand the latest guidance on how your local authority should be implementing the Reforms, read this document. It was published a few days ago and spells out in detail how local authorities and their partners including Health will want to phase the implementation of all aspects of the new law. The document contains the most up-to-date time-lines for transition planning for those currently with statements, LDAs and School Action/ School Action Plus and the equivalent, and covers the age range 0-25 years. Click on the link here to visit the website where the document can be...
  3. GPV presents on empowering parents

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    Greenwich Parent Voice presented a short talk on parent empowerment at the RBG Reforms Launch event in Greenwich today. The event was hosted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Headteachers, Sencos and Inclusion leaders as well as reps from Health and the Voluntary Sector groups. It looked at the implementation of the SEN Reforms and considered the positive change that they should bring to our children’s lives. Viv and Jo described the work that GPV does supporting parents in schools. We spoke about the challenges parents of children with special needs face, how they live with confusion, anxiety, exhaustion...
  4. Pony Mornings at New Lodge Riding Centre

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    Book now for your child to enjoy the thrill of pony riding at the Summer Horse Riding Pony Mornings at New Lodge Centre, Mottingham SE9 4RW this summer. These mornings are only for children and young people with disabilities and special needs. There are three available, and may be booked individually (not as a course). Come along and learn how to groom and look after your horse, as well as riding. Thursday 31st July, Thursday 14th August and Thursday 21st August: each day from from 10.30am till 12.30pm This course is funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is free to young...
  5. A choice of special school for our children?

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    Parents are being asked to consider new proposals to reduce the entry and admission age to Charlton Park Academy, Greenwich’s Special secondary school currently taking students from Year 7 onwards. The new intake will include children at a younger age, from Year 5 onwards, that have high special educational needs and where the mainstream primary placement is no longer perhaps the best option for a wide range of reasons. It is hoped that this will help provide for a longer term and more managed transition to secondary schools for local children. Mark Dale-Emberton, Headteacher at Charlton Park Academy adds: “We...
  6. ‘Home to School’ transport policy consultation

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    This is your chance to help shape Greenwich’s new policy for Home to School travel assistance. This policy is at Consultation stage which means you, as parents and carers, can contribute your views which must be taken into account. To read the proposal, and submit your views, go to this webpage on the council’s website before 18 July: https://consultations.greenwich.gov.uk/kms/dmart.aspx?LoggingIn=tempVar&noip=1 Do you think the policy is helpful for parents needing transport for their children? Is it easy to understand? Are you clear whether your child could get transport? Greenwich National Autistic Society has these comments and concerns: Some parents have had to battle...
  7. July 14: Tell the council what short breaks your family needs

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    Don’t miss your chance to tell Royal Greenwich what you’d like from their ‘Short Break’ Offer. Children’s Services will be holding a public event for parents of children with special needs and disabilities to review the commissioning of ‘short breaks’ on 14 July: 10am-noon at The Forum in Greenwich, Trafalgar Rd, London SE10 9EQ ‘Short Breaks’ is an umbrella term to describe any enjoyable leisure activity or provision for your child with special needs, that also gives you some time off as a carer. This could be free or for a small fee. Examples range from overnight respite, to after-school clubs, to riding or...
  8. Take 2 minutes to do our short break survey

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    Help us to get the views of as many parents as possible in our super-easy 2 minute survey. We’re asking you about ‘short breaks’ for children with special needs and disabilities. We want to make sure what’s on offer in Greenwich matches what you and your children want. What is a short break? A short break is an enjoyable and fun activity for your child with special needs, which gives you some time off.  It could include day, evening, overnight, weekend and holiday activities. These breaks provide a positive experience for your child and can help to raise their confidence and aspirations. They also give parents and carers valuable free time...
  9. Help PMLD students enjoy an incredible activity holiday

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    GPV Parent Sam Bergin Goncalves is taking part in a fundraising triathalon on Sunday 8 June at Dartford and White Oaks Triathalon Club. She’s hoping to raise enough money by the end of the year to send every young person with PMLD on the post 16 group at Charlton Park Academy to Woodlarks for an amazing activity holiday. The Triathalon is the start of Sam’s fundraising efforts to reach that goal. The Woodlarks campsite is situated in twelve acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, it’s special place which enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy a huge range of activities...
  10. Summer scheme: children with complex needs

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    Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Services have announced details of the new summer activity scheme for children with severe and complex disabilities only. It will take place across two weeks, the first being 28 July – 1 August and the second being from 4 – 8 August and will be based at Horn Park School, run and managed by Willowdene School. Children with medical/physical needs can only be accommodated in the first week  28 July – 1 August. Children may book a maximum of 5 days. Places are limited; to discuss eligibility for booking your child onto the scheme, and for more...

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