Hello %FirstName%

School Admissions Deadline & More...


School Admissions for 2019/2020 deadline for applications: Online application for children: Nursery to Reception / Year 2 to Year 3 if in separate Infants to Junior/Year 6 to Year 7. Preference form posted to young people: Year 11's

Extract "As you may be aware school admissions for 2019/20 academic year have now opened. This year all applications for residents of Telford and Wrekin must be done using the online admissions system including those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. The school admissions website page contains lots of information around school admissions, together with a link of how to apply and also step by step guidance www.telford.gov.uk/admissions Importantly the closing date for applications, for all children with an existing EHC Plan is 31st October 2018. Telford and Wrekin LA is required to amend a child’s EHC Plan by 15 February 2019 and name the school the child will be attending from September 2019. Parents of children with an existing EHC plan must therefore ignore all other applications dates provided by general admissions. Parents are able to make preferences for a mainstream school or a special school using the online admissions portal".  More information is available in the newsletter link from page 6.  


Any queries about this please call the SEND Team on 385216.

Funky Friday - Friday 2nd November

Halloween type fancy dress is optional at this disco.
Entry is £3 per person, carers free.

TDA - Telford Dyslexia Academy

TDA Telford Dyslexia Academy offers one to one support to children aged 5 to 16 who have a diagnosis of Dyslexia or benefit from multi sensory learning. Sessions are held at Leegomery Community Centre on a Saturday morning, Term Time, from 9am-1pm, For more information, you can visit their Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/TDA-Telford-Dyslexia-Academy-604378023054982/

New Resource - Medication Pathway

For families of people with learning disabilities, autism or both, who are prescribed or may be prescribed psychotropic medication.


Introduction to Working in Care

Introduction to Working in Care is a good starting point for anyone wanting to know more about roles within care. Please see the poster below for more details.

IASS Survey

Please help us to develop the IASS (previously Parent Partnership Service) by completing our short survey - whether you have used them or not - your views are equally as important - thank you.


A New Drop In For Parents

A new weekly drop in group for parents who are suffering low mood or mild to moderate depression, this group is a drop in support group not therapy. Please Note: A creche is provided but must be booked.

Transport Discussion - Wednesday 17th October 2018

Our family group this month welcomes a guest Julie Lucas (Consultant working within council) to discuss how the transport system can be made better - looking for your recommendations and discussions on how this can be improved.

You will still have opportunity to access our Face 2 Face scheme and also we will provide drinks and lovely treats! Look forward to welcoming you - your wider family and children too. This discussion is taking place at Hollinswood Community Centre, please note the room is upstairs and there is a lift available. To register your interest, please click the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/696604130693271/

Weekly Update from Jayne Stevens (Participation Co-ordinator)...

Good Morning - a very dark 'get up' today to start an Autum week and very nearly half term (already!!)... Last week we were working on the Health Child Programme Tender, we had a steering group meeting at Park Lane Centre with most of our parent reps - looking how we can work a bit smarter and also been aware that some of our team would much rather do the events and fun stuff rather than going to strategic level meetings and that's absolutely fine - we need a wide range of volunteers and we are extremely thankful for all the support they give to us. Our volunteers attended a new event - Hidden Disability Event in Oakengates and this will be repeated next year too, meanwhile I attended the Loneliness Conference with our Project Worker and spoke at two workshops about the challenges faced by families with disabled children and the children and young people themselves, and I also put a call out for more awareness raising and acceptance within our community (a theme we had also been discussing at steering group too) and something that we are going to be working on in the future too.

I would ask, if you know anywhere that has been really supportve or welcoming for your family - please let us know - we'd like to gather evidence of where it is going well and share this good practice with other organisations!

We had our family group on Thursday, covered by another of my volunteers for which I'm really greatful (whilst I sat in a broken down car!!). I'd promised to sort out maxcards and ironbridge passes so apologies again for this!

Friday I was in Birmingham for a regional meeting that brought members of the health, social care and education teams together to discuss progress of SEND reforms, to receive an update from the national picture - especially around health and learn what is happening to the Transforming Care Partnership that aims to bring young people out of hospital units and much closer to home with the right support.

Hope everyone who attended ZacFest on Sunday had a fab time - pictures looked great!

This next week, we have the EHCP workshop on Monday, ran via Contact, with solicitors from Birmingham, on Tuesday I'm in London for a Mental Health & Schools conference (follow up on green paper that we discussed earlier in the year at our CAMHS workshops), then Hollinswood Family group with a focus on Transport and a Trustee meeting in the evening. On Thursday and Friday I will be attending Preparing for Adulthood Workshops that will feed into transition work that myself and a parent rep are involved with.

And finally, although World Mental Health Day has passed, the Skills Network are offering free courses (subject to eligiblity) and aim to develop your understanding of mental health problems in both adults and children, as well as ensuring that you feel confident in recognising various conditions and providing anyone with mental health concerns the help and support they deserve:
Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems https://goo.gl/F76x64
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health http://https://goo.gl/jgroqA

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Wednesday 17th October 2018: TRANSPORT DISCUSSION (Please see details above) from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW

Friday 26th October 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Dawley Town Hall (opposite Langley School/CAMHS) New Street, Dawley, Telford, TF4 3JR

Sunday 28th October 2018: PODS 10th Anniversary Childrens Party from 9.30am-11.00am at the Wacky Warehouse, Bridge Builder Pub, Wrekin Retail Park, Arleston, Telford, TF1 2DE

Monday 5th November 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10.00am-12.00pm at Admaston House, Admaston, Telford, TF5 0BN

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

We hope you enjoyed reading our latest e-bulletin - we hope you continue to find it useful. If you have any suggestions to make it better feel free to let me know. 

If you no longer wish to receive our emails please click here