Month: September 2016

New Exclusion Resources from IPSEA

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) has produced new Exclusion Support sheets.  The support sheets offer guidance on how to deal with different exclusions e.g. fixed term, permanent whether your child receives support at a school based level, or has a statement or Education, Health and Care plan.   The support sheets can be found on the Exclusion pages of the IPSEA website  

Give your views about GPs in Wolverhampton

GPs came out as one of the public's priorities at Healthwatch Wolverhampton's Public Engagement Event in June 2016 and also through the experiences shared with them throughout the year. They are   now researching the public's views on this priority with a survey accessible through this survey link:

This is also available in hard copy, if you require it in this format please contact 0800 470 1944

Aspirations, Hopes and Outcomes FREE workshop for parents and carers

Aspirations, Hopes and Outcomes was an event originally held on 15th October 2015.  It proved extremely popular and all the feedback we received was positive.  

Due to it's popularity we are repeating this event on 15th November (lunch is included).  We are delighted to welcome back outcomes expert Sue Briggs as our guest speaker.  So if you would like to find out:

  • What an aspiration is
  • How your child and and your child must be involved can be more involved in planning and decision making
  • What a realistic and positive outcome will look like for your child
  • How you can help your child think about their hopes and wishes

Please join us at our free event on 15th November at the Molineux Stadium. Places are limited so please call us to book yours as soon as you can. Please do make alternative childcare arrangements

Inspection looms – calling all parents and young people – have your say!

The Information, Advice and Support Service would welcome your support with the following. 

We recently told you about the forthcoming area inspections that will examine how well local areas are embedding the Children and Families Act 2014 in order to improve services and outcomes for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.  Wolverhampton will receive notification of the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families in relation to SEN and disability. 

It really is essential that you have your say.  We would like to have a ‘bank’ of parents and young people on stand-by so that when notice is given, we can contact you and invite you to speak with the inspection team.  If you are reading this thinking that you would like to be involved in  this visit but do not feel confident, or that you do not feel knowledgeable about the system, please do consider coming forward.  We are keen for the inspectors to speak to those ‘in the know’ and those who are not.  We want them to hear from local families about what it is really like.    

This is your chance to have your say at a really important time.  Perhaps you have had a fantastic experience – then please come forward to share that too.  You will be given a very warm welcome along with a cuppa and a slice of cake!   We do not have date for the inspection yet but we would like to be prepared.  To find out more about either opportunity or to register your interest, please contact Lucy Harris (Manager of the Information, Advice and Support Service) 01902 556945 or email

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has prepared an inspection handbook and framework, which will can be found here.