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Useful Information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Local groups

Families in Partnership

South Worcestershire Parenting and Family Support

  • from Friday 11 May 2018 onwards: every 2nd Friday of each month from 9.30am until 11.30am
    For parents of children aged 0-19 who have a diagnosed or undiagnosed additional need. We are a welcoming group of parents who meet once per month, refreshments available, guest speakers
  • Blossom Vale Children Centre, Abbey Road, Pershore, WR10 1DF 

Top Myths Information Sheets

The SEN Information Organisations Group, a group of organisations that give information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top myths’ information sheets for parents covering:

The Blues Programme

Worcestershire secondary schools and colleges are being offered the opportunity to receive 'The Blues Programme' free of charge this year.

Blues is a 6 week Cognitive Behavioral Group Depression Prevention programme for 15 to18 year olds that actively engages students with depressive symptoms or at risk of onset of major depression in weekly, one hour group sessions and home practice assignments. Sessions focus on building group rapport and increasing participant involvement in pleasant activities, learning and practising cognitive restructuring techniques, and developing response plans to future life stressors. In session exercises require participants to apply skills taught in the programme. Home practice assignments reinforce the skills taught and help participants learn how to apply these skills to their daily life.

For more information or an informal discussion please contact Sue Rogers, Action for Children. Email or telephone 07919 362696.

With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, IAS services, IS agencies, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people. These helpful and explanatory films have been developed by Martin Bull at the National Children's Bureau: Council for disabled children - Two new short animations aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection (opens in a new window)

Review of Provision for Pre-School Aged Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council completed a tender exercise to identify preferred providers to deliver Early Years Specialist Language provision across Worcestershire Find out more: Education Reviews and Consultations.

Babcock Prime

In Worcestershire, Babcock Prime handle the following education-related issues:

  • School Admissions
  • Exclusions/Fair Access and Elective Home Education
  • Free School Meals
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Educational Investigation Service and Education Welfare
  • Educational Psychology
  • Gypsy/Roma Traveller Support
  • Virtual School
  • Learning Support Team
  • Autism/Complex Communication Needs
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Medical Education
  • Early years
  • Nursery Education Funding
  • Early Years Inclusion
  • Governor Services
  • Careers Advice and Guidance
  • School Improvement
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance Support Services
  • HR for Schools and Academies
  • ICT

For more information visit the Babcock Prime (opens in a new window)

Early Years Team

The Babcock Prime Early Years team also works with early years and childcare settings in Worcestershire to ensure all children access high-quality early years education and care to support individual children to achieve their maximum potential in learning and development. Babcock Prime - Early Years Team (opens in a new window)

SEN Support Services

The SEN Support Services Team within Worcestershire County Council deal with

  • Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs)
  • The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice
  • SEND Support
  • Transport relating to SEND
  • The Local Offer which is a provision that is available for children and young people who have SEND and live in Worcestershire.

Find out more information on SEN Support Services.