Events
  1. ‘We Listen’ is a new support group for ethnic minority families

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    A brand new support group called ‘We Listen’ has been launched for families from an ethnic minority group who may have a child with social and communication difficulties or ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). The group meets on the third Friday of every month at Waterways Children’s Centre on Southwood Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 8EZ from 10am -12 noon. The first meeting date will be on the 21 March. Here’s what group leader Anne has to say about staying positive and joining in: “Who do I turn to? It seems like I am at a crossroads. Am I alone or why...
  2. Update on Pathfinder progress in Greenwich

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    Click here to view an update on the progress of the Pathfinder project in Greenwich. This newsletter gives you the story so far on how Greenwich is testing the new system in schools for children with special needs. Greenwich Parent Voice has been an active partner in this project, putting parent views at the heart of the process. SEND Pathfinder Spring Bulletin What is the Pathfinder? In March 2011, the Government published its consultation Green Paper (a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to provoke discussion) on special educational needs and disability. The purpose of this...
  3. Everyone can ride a bike!

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    Your child can enjoy the thrill of cycling at a new all-ability session at Corelli College on Saturdays at 1.30pm, run by cycling club Limited Edition. The session is aimed at riders with every type of disability, and their families and carers. Cycles will be provided and the fleet currently comprises adult tricycles, child tricycles (2 with full thoracic support) and hand cycles. Cost is only £1 per rider with one carer admitted free. For more information call 07904 628814 Limited Edition would welcome donations of 2 wheel cycles to this range, to allow families to participate together. Everyone is...
  4. What about children without an EHC Plan in Greenwich?

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    What support will be available for children who don’t qualify for an Education Health and Care Plan? Greenwich Parent Voice will be meeting to discuss this with senior managers in Children’s Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich on January 10th. Parents are concerned; will the system be different for them after September and will the new outcomes-led process apply to their child? Will there be enough money to deliver the support in schools that their child needs and who will be accountable for this? We will find out in detail where the reforms will leave children who may need...
  5. Read parent views from our Reforms info event

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    You can read here all the notes taken from parent discussion at our information event on the Children and Families Bill in October 2013. The aim of the event was to give parents an insight into the big changes coming to SEN law in September and to hear their voices. We wanted to get people talking about what their concerns are now, what they want to see in the new system and give them as much information as possible on the shape of things to come. We were helped on the day by Brian Lamb OBE and senior managers in...
  6. IPSEA has serious concerns about the new Code of Practice

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    The charity Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (known as IPSEA) submitted its detailed response to the draft Special Educational Needs Regulations and Code of Practice in December. This response is useful to parents and carers who might have felt too daunted to read the Code of Practice in full . The Consultation period gave parents a chance to read the detail of the reform proposals and tell the government what they think about them. IPSEA raised serious concerns about the shortened consultation period which ran from 4 October to 9 December: only nine weeks down from the usual 12. It...
  7. GPV parent pioneers new technology for person-centred planning

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    GPV member Sam Bergin Goncalves has completed production on a short film to showcase the use of ‘wiki’ websites as a tool for planning for disabled children at school. Sam and her son Shane worked with the Rix centre, a charity developing new technologies to support people with learning difficulties, to develop the first wiki of this kind in the UK. They are easy to build, password-protected and simple for both child, parent and professional to access. Shane helped to create his wiki, which gives people working with him a real insight into Shane as a person, not just his...
  8. 9 December 2013: Christmas coffee meeting

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    Parents are welcome at our Christmas coffee meeting at 1.15pm on Monday 9th December in the Community Room at Meridian School, Old Woolwich Rd, London SE10 9NY. Join us and make your voice heard on any SEN issue that’s important to you and your child. Meet other parents of children with special needs, relax and chat with a hot drink and some delicious seasonal cakes. Joining us will be a member of STEPS who will talk about what they can do for your child. This is a unique service in Greenwich which your child can benefit from if they are...
  9. 24 October 2013: The SEN reforms explained

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    24 October, 10am-2pm in the Old Library, Charlton house, Charlton Road SE7 8RE Brian Lamb O.B.E. and Greenwich Parent Voice present a free information event about the big changes coming in the Children and Families Bill, due to become law in September 2014. They will be helped by managers from Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Brian is an expert in SEN policy and will be talking in depth about the impact the reforms will have on every family with a child with special needs or disability. He will cut through the complexity and leave parents with a...
  10. 20 September: Coffee morning for parents

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    Parents enjoyed delicious cakes and a warm welcome at our September coffee morning, held at in the Boardroom at Charlton Park Academy School. Local parent Natalie created a feast of baked treats and we able to meet some new faces, share experiences and find out more about what parents are concerned about, including reactions to the new SEN reforms being tested in the Royal Borough’s Pathfinder project. Other topics ranged from the difficulty facing students as they embark upon life after school, to the sometimes vague rules around what can be purchased with Direct Payment funds. In discussion, one parent...

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