Events
  1. Meridian primary school spreads the word

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    We are delighted to see Meridian Primary school has included our new poster image in this week’s newsletter for parents and children – as well as putting our leaflet in every book bag. Greenwich Parent Voice has recently sent supplies of leaflets, large and small posters and an introductory letter to all schools in Greenwich. We really hope other Heads and SENCOs will follow Meridian’s example, and make parents aware of what we can do to give them a voice. We’d love to meet you in person at our GPV school coffee mornings. Invicta Primary School was among the first...
  2. EHCP Independent Champions – a parent writes

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    One parent wrote to us to share their concerns about the Independent Supporter role for the EHCPlan, designed to help parents navigate the new SEN processes. Funded by the Department of Education, more than 1,800 of these experts, to be known as “champions”, will be in place by September 2014. The funding will pay for recruitment and training with the champions to be drawn from the voluntary, community and private sectors. The champions will spend one-to-one time with families and offer “independent help and advice” to help them progress through the new SEN assessments and the EHCP process. A Department...
  3. 17 April: Children’s Society activity day

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    We had a great time today at the Children’s Society ‘try something new’ activity afternoon. Held at Woolwich Common Youth Hub, this was a special event to get children and young people in the holiday mood and give some new activities a go. Everyone had a good time; the cooking area was really popular and the young people got to make (and eat!) delicious pizza and exotic fruit kebabs. The dancing and music room had the most amazing movement-triggered light effects, and the dance leader got groups of young people into the rhythm of favourite tracks by banging drums and...
  4. Support for children without an EHCP?

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    A few months ago we met with Tracey Russell, Assistant Director of Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and key team members across SEN, Children’s Services and Finance to discuss an issue that is on a lot of parents’ minds; what happens if my child doesn’t qualify for an EHC Plan under the new system? Until now, a Statement assessment would be triggered if a child needed more that 20 hours 1:1 support each week. GPV took some of the most frequently asked questions from parents into the meeting. A full account of the conversation is recorded below....
  5. Letter to parents from the DofE

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    The Department for Education have today released letters to Local Authorities, health partners, parent carers, colleges and schools about the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms. Click on the link below to read the letter to parents and carers from Edward Timpson, Minister for Children. SEND_reforms_-_letter_for_parents What do you think? Comment below or email us in confidence.
  6. April Update on SEN Reforms

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    The Children and Families Bill has successfully completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and on Thursday 13th March it received Royal Assent, becoming the Children and Families Act. Recent changes to the Act There were a number of significant changes to the Act during the final stages in the House of Lords: – Young people in custody included The Government brought forward a number of amendments to include young people in custodywithin the scope of the Act. Previously young people in custody were not covered by the SEN legislation. These amendments require local authorities to maintain Education, Health...
  7. 27 March: Dyslexia Association presents an explanation of the new SEN legislation

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    If you’re finding it hard to understand quite what the SEN Reforms will mean for your child, come along to the Dyslexia Association’s information talk on Thursday evening 27 March at Chiselhurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Hurst Road, Sidcup DA15 9AG. Brian Lamb OBE will be be talking about the new legislation and how the changes will affect you. He is one of the country’s leading independent experts in SEN provision in schools and hosted the hugely successful Greenwich Parent Voice event last year. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. This event is free but donations are very...
  8. Help educate health professionals working with disability

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    Have you ever felt a disconnect between yourself and the health professionals working with your family? Do you wish they were a little more enlightened on the subject of disability? A new e-learning portal is being designed by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health on the topic of children and young people with disabilities. The aim is to create a learning resource that encourages health professionals to adopt positive attitudes and enabling behaviours when engaging with the children who access their services. Consulting agency Triangle is gathering opinions to help shape the design and function of the e-portal....
  9. GPV reaches out to parents who speak other languages

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    We are working with London-based charity English for Action to provide course materials for sessions on special educational needs. EFA London provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for migrant communities across London. Their aim is to reach people who may be excluded from mainstream ESOL courses. EFA believes that ESOL classes, with the correct focus, can enable migrants to access the social, economic and political benefits that would be out of reach without language training and support. Greenwich Parent Voice has provided material for some EFA London group work in Greenwich on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th...
  10. 18 March: Come to our next coffee morning at Invicta Primary school

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    You are very welcome to come to our next informal coffee meeting at The Children’s Centre, Invicta Primary School, Invicta Road, London SE3 7HE. It will start at 9.30am until 11am. Join us for a hot drink and biscuits, relax and chat to other parents and discover more about the fantastic ASD Outreach Service in Greenwich, with guest speaker Roz Weeks. Come to the school main reception to sign in and you will be directed to the nearby Children’s Centre. About ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Outreach Service This service supports both mainstream schools and families to make sure that they...

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