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News and updates for families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Central Bedfordshire

The latest updates about services, events and information for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND.)

This page was last updated on: 16 November 2018.

Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) next open day: Friday 7 December 2018

Open days at The Royal National College for the Blind are held throughout the year. They are a great opportunity for prospective students and parents as well as professionals to come along to the college and see for themselves the fantastic facilities and learning resources on offer.

Find out what courses are available, talk to the tutors, meet some of the current students, have a look around the college, check out the facilities and hear what the principal has to say.

If you are a blind or partially sighted year 10 or 11 pupil in school and are thinking about post 16 options; or if you are year 12 plus and thinking you need a gap year to top up skills such as mobility, independent living skills and your working medium, then this is opportunity for you find out how we can help.

The open day is ideal for:

  • young people in year 10 and 11 considering their next education options
  • young people in year 12 and 13 considering a gap year to enhance mobility and independent living skills before university
  • professionals working with young people with visual impairment
  • parents and family members wanting more information about options for their children.

Where: The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DT

Book your place via the RNC's website (link opens in new window)

New Managing Demand in SEND project

We are excited to announce our new Managing Demand in SEND project, launching in schools this term, which consists of seven early intervention workstreams. Effective early intervention works to prevent problems occurring, or to tackle them head-on when they do, before problems get worse.

Each of the seven workstreams has a lead officer from a range of our services.

The workstreams are:

  • restorative practice in 12 identified middle schools and one upper school
  • SEND special school outreach
  • targeted speech and language support
  • mind map behavioural support to participating schools
  • social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) inclusion support from Jigsaw team for years seven and eight
  • targeted early years support for reception aged children to support transition
  • theraplay support in participating schools

Download the Managing Demand in SEND project's presentation (PDF 4.9MB)

Carers' support group at the Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable

The Confident Carer Service is holding its carer support group meetings every month through The Disability Resource Centre.

When and where: The first and third Mondays of every month.

  • first Monday of the month - Monday 5 November and Monday 3 December 2018. At the Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 0ES; from 2pm – 4pm
  • third Monday of the month - Monday 19 November and Monday 17 December 2018. At The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4TP; from 1pm to 3pm

Cost: Free

To find out more about the carers support group you can call the Disability Resource Centre on 01582 470970 or visit the Disability Resource Centre website (link opens in new window) for more details.

Disability benefits form-filling workshop at the Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable

The Disability Resource Centre offer free Disability Benefits workshops that are designed to help you complete your PIP (personal independence payment) or AA (attendance allowance) claim form.

The workshops run most Mondays at The Disability Resource Centre with a maximum of 8 claimants in each session:

When: most Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm

5, 12, 19 and 26 November 2018

3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 December 2018

7, 14, 21 and 28 January 2019

4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2019

4, 11, 18 and 25 March 2019

1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April 2019

Where: The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4TP

Cost: Free

You can book your place by calling the Disability Resource Centre on 01582 470970 or visit the Disability Resource Centre website (link opens in new window) for more details.

Parenting a child with Autism or Social Communication Disorder: an evening lecture for parents and carers (registration required)

Content of the session will focus on:

  • anxiety
  • managing challenging behaviour
  • communication

When: 28 November 2018, 6:15pm arrival, 6:30pm start, 9:30pm finish
Where: Lancot School, Lancot Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2AP
Cost: £5

Parking available on the school site or surrounding roads.

How to register

To register, contact Autism Bedfordshire on 01234 214871 or email enquiries@autismbeds.org

Free drop-in sessions to discuss SEND in an educational setting

No appointment necessary, just drop in to see us.

Dunstable

When: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10am until 11:30am
Where: Dunstable South Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Oakwood Avenue, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4AS

When: Wednesday 12 December 2018, 10am until 11:30am
Where: Dunstable South Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Oakwood Avenue, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4AS

Leighton Buzzard

When: Friday 2 November 2018, 10am until 11:30am
Where: Leighton Buzzard Children's Centre (link opens in new window), St. George's Lower School, East Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1HU

When: Friday 7 December 2018, 10am until 11:30am
Where: Leighton Buzzard Children's Centre (link opens in new window), St. George's Lower School, East Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1HU

Sandy

When: Thursday 1 November 2018, 9:30am until 11:30am
Where: Sandy Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Laburnum Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1HQ

When: Thursday 6 December 2018, 9:30am until 11:30am
Where: Sandy Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Laburnum Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1HQ

Shefford

When: Wednesday 31 October 2018, 9:30am until 11:10am
Where: Shefford and District Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Shefford Lower School, School Lane, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5XA

When: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 9:30am until 11:10am
Where: Shefford and District Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Shefford Lower School, School Lane, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5XA

EHCP annual review training for members of SNAP Parent Carer Forum

Does your child have an education, health and care plan (EHCP)? Would you like to receive annual review training from our SEND team?

If so, come along to one of our training sessions, run in conjunction with SNAP Parent Carer Forum (PCF).

Please note: you need to be a member of SNAP PCF to attend; find out how to join SNAP PCF (link opens in new window).

Leighton Buzzard

When: Tuesday 20 November 2018, 6pm until 8pm
Where: The Library, Linslade Middle School (link opens in new window), Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 2PA

Book EHCP annual review training in Leighton Buzzard >>

Ampthill

When: Thursday 29 November 2018, 6pm until 8pm
Where: The Alex Centre, Redborne Upper School (link opens in new window), Flitwick Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU

Book EHCP annual review training in Ampthill >>

Coffee mornings (run by SNAP Parent Carer Forum)

Come along for coffee, cake and an opportunity to connect with other parents/carers who have children or young people (aged up to 25 years) with SEND. No need to book, just turn up.

Leighton Buzzard

When: Monday 5 November 2018, 9:45 am until 11:45am
Where
: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 10 December 2018, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 7 January 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 4 February 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

When: Monday 11 March 2019, 9:45am until 11:45pm
Where: Astral Park Sports and Community Centre (link opens in new window), Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4AY

Houghton Regis

When: Tuesday 6 November 2018, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where
: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

When: Tuesday 11 December 2018, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

When: Tuesday 5 February 2019, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

When: Tuesday 12 March 2019, 9:45am until 11:45am
Where: The Chiltern School (link opens in new window), Kings Houghton Campus, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire LU5 5PX

Support groups (run by Families in Focus)

Support group for parents/carers who are caring for children with SEND or additional needs. No need to book, just turn up.

Understanding challenging behaviours

When: Thursday 15 November 2018, 9:30am until midday
Where: The Hub, Ivel Valley School (link opens in new window), The Baulk, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0PT

Handling stress

When: Thursday 22 November 2018, 9:30am until midday
Where: Houghton Regis Children's Centre (link opens in new window), Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 5JB

Managing behaviours

When: Thursday 6 December 2018, 9:30am until midday
Where: The Hub, Ivel Valley School (link opens in new window), The Baulk, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0PT

Ongoing

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