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NW SEND Regional Network Newsflash

November 2016

This newsflash is primarily to alert you to an event arranged by the newly formed AWESOME group of young people on 26th November. Please see below and do encourage young people to book their places as soon as possible.

Please also check out to find everything you need to know in one place.

If there are particular areas of work or themes that you would like support with, activities or events then do let us know. We would also welcome any good news you have to share, or challenges you’d like to work with others to find solutions for, in order that we can share the learning across the North West. We welcome contributions to network activities, requests for connections for support, information about forthcoming events for future editions of this newsletter and new additions to the newsletter circulation list. For any of these please contact Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND Regional Network lead, Email: Tel: 0778 357 7284.

Gill Hoar

NW SEND Regional Lead, Oldham


NW SEND Regional Network events:


16.11.16 9.30 – 1, North West Preparing for Adulthood network

Vernon Park, Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport SK1 4AR

The next meeting of the North West Preparing for Adulthood network will focus on writing outcomes for young people from year 9 to prepare them for adulthood and learning from area SEND inspection so far.

To confirm attendance please email:


26.11.16 10.30 - 1, AWESOME meeting for children & young people’s representatives

MAHDLO Youth Zone, Egerton St, Oldham OL1 3SE

AWESOME is the NW SEND Regional Network Young People’s Participation group.

AWESOME met for the first time in September and agreed the topic and focus for the next meeting which is 'Community Participation'. Meetings are arranged to ensure that this does not clash with any Education or Training that they may attend.

Notes of the previous meeting can be found using the following link:

The target audience:

This event is aimed at 2 x Children and Young People's Representatives per North West Local Authority area who are participating in Children and Young People's voice groups in their own LA area.

Purpose: Representatives will meet with other Young people reps from across the North West Local Authority areas to discuss areas of interest around Special Educational Needs and Disability, to share good practice and to champion specific priority themes identified by the group.

It would be GREAT to have young people representatives from all 23 Local Authority areas across the North West present so BOOK YOUR PLACE and let's create a STRONG Regional voice for Young People with SEND across the North West.

Booking Link:


Other events in the North West

15.11.16, Autism, A hands on approach. The 13th Annual National Conference organised by Professionals & Parents in Partnership

Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Further Details: Tanya Farley - 07966 399 709 or email:


16.11.16, 3.30-5.30pm (please note the start time of this seminar), The Interpretation and Exploitation of Children’s Design ideas – Challenges in Participatory Research

Room 204, Greenbank Building, 13 Victoria St, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 7

Presented by Professor Janet Read, University of Central Lancashire

This seminar is free, refreshments provided.

Please reserve your place at Eventbrite at:


17.11.16, Kidz to Adultz North, Manchester


22.11.16 10.30 – 3.30 Youth Justice and SEND

Manchester Metropolitan University

Regional workshops around the country are on offer between November 2016 and February 2017 to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of professionals working within the youth justice system to identify and support young people with SEND.
Learning Outcomes
- Reflect on the most recent findings from the survey of YOT professionals 
- Opportunities to share effective practice in developing teams around the child
- Explore the comprehensive on-line training and professional development resources that will be freely available to all attending YOTs and associate professional networks
- Identify areas of practice and culture change that would make the biggest impact on young people's outcomes, in your area, with your team
- Plan for change
You will also have the opportunity to hear first hand from NHS England staff on some important new developments.
Who should attend? 
Young Offending Teams, youth secure estate professionals, health and care professionals, Local Authority SEN teams 

To book a place:


25.11.16 Inclusion Matters 2016: Resilience

Gorton Monastery, Manchester

At a time of great concern about the mental health and well-being of our children and young people, how can schools help children to develop the skills they need to cope when things get difficult? 
This conference explores the theme of Resilience, bringing together examples from theory and practice of the many and varied ways in which schools can help children to develop the capacity to be more resilient. The conference is aimed at educational professionals and parents. Some places are available for parents at a reduced rate if booked through the local Parent Carer Forum.

Further details and booking information (and a sneak preview of a specially commissioned film!) visit the conference web page


29.11.16 Children missing education, Manchester


30.11.16, 4-5.30pm, Youth Participation and Applied Theatre – A marriage made in heaven?

Room 139, Brook Building, Brook Building, Adelphi / Victoria Streets, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 7QR

Presented by Jodie Barber and Craig Harris of Oldham Theatre Workshop and Oldham Youth Council

This seminar is free, refreshments provided. 

Please reserve your place at Eventbrite at:


7.12.16 Assistive Technology for the Special Classroom


These FREE days provide an overview of the very latest and most popular Assistive Technology resources; how they can be used to meet individual and classroom needs, as well as giving you an insight into the latest research and exciting emerging technologies.










19.1.17 Primary assessment conference, Manchester


1.2.17 EHC plans – Workshop for professionals, Manchester




4.2.17 EHC plans – Workshop for parents, Seashell Trust, Cheadle



Focus: SEND - The Schools and Colleges Experience


Conservative MP Lee Scott was asked to carry out a review of the experiences of children with SEN and their parents in relation to schools and colleges. His reports says more transparency, accountability and consistency is needed in schools and local authorities around the funding they receive from government to support families with SEN.
"Money is passed on by government to local authorities and to schools, but it's not clear how this money is being spent," he states in the report.

He urges that schools and local authorities should make it clearer to families where the money is invested.
Scott also found that there was a lack of communication between local authorities, schools and colleges, with individual cases of SEN.
"It's important that the government, and other leadership agencies, continue to send out strong messages about the importance of good communication with families," he said.
"Improvement in this area, across all agencies and in every area, would go a long way to making a reality of the ‘person-centred' approach the SEND system is trying to achieve."
Scott has also called for more training for staff working with young people, particularly in education settings where social, emotional and mental health problems can impact on a child's ability to learn.
Scott has recommended that more is done to allow, and encourage, staff in schools and colleges to support young people with medical needs, particularly those on SEN support.
"A child or young person's educational development can be significantly disrupted if they have to have it punctuated by periods unnecessarily spent at home or in hospital for something health-related, particularly where that need, and the support required to meet that need, might be quite basic," he states.

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