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Education Beyond 16 for a Young Person with SEND

If your young person with SEND is considering education beyond the age of 16, we have looked at the provisions of some of the colleges and sixth forms, including Portsmouth University, have in place for young people with SEND in and around Portsmouth.

The information below is non-exhaustive but is intended to give you the information we found in one place and provide you with an idea of what is out there.

Contact for Families with Disabled Children has some information regarding Education Beyond 16, including rights and support. Please click here to read it.

SENDIASS have also produced a useful guide for parent / carers about choosing a school with some information in it that you may find helpful when choosing a post-16 setting. Please click here to read it.

The Portsmouth Send Local Offer website also has some information about education settings within the local area. Please click here to read it.

Please contact the college, sixth form or university directly if you require further information, open days, and application information.

Please click on the logo’s to be directed to the websites.

Kooth Social Media and Website Guide for Schools

Kooth – A Free Online Mental Wellbeing Community for Young People Aged 11-18

What is Kooth?

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. By accessing Kooth young people can benefit from:

•             A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online.

•             Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.

•             Online counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions.

•             Discussion boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.

•             Online magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics.

•             No referral is required. Young people can register for Kooth independently at:

Please view this short video about the service:

Sleep in Adolescents

Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep, which can impact on many aspects of your teenager’s functioning such as mood, function and academic performance.

We recognise that sleep deprivation is currently a big issue in our area, so The Solent NHS Trust have put together some resources, full of tips and advice that you may find useful to help your teenager get enough sleep.

Please click on the links below to download the publications.

Autism Support Helpline

Passenger Transport Assistant Vacancies

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities?

Portsmouth City Council is currently looking for additional Passenger Transport Assistants to travel with children to and from schools and colleges in Portsmouth and further afield, taking responsibility for the children’s safety and well-being. Successful applicants will be able to build a good rapport with children with special educational needs, and will need to become familiar with the operation of specialist equipment, for example car seats, vehicle passenger lifts, ramps and wheelchair restraints in case of emergency. 

PCC are currently looking for relief passenger transport assistants who can work with us when colleagues are absent for short or longer term reasons. We anticipate that we will shortly be recruiting to a number of permanent posts, and will recruit initially from the relief passenger transport pool. The hours are typically 08.00am to 09.30am and 14.30 to 16.15.

For more details and to apply see the Portsmouth City Council careers hub. For an informal conversation to find out more contact the transport team on 023 9284 1191

Annual Special Educational Needs and Disability Survey

We would like to hear your views, experiences and thoughts on SEND services and support in Portsmouth City and would be grateful if you could spend a few moments completing the survey.

There are just a few short questions to answer and it will really help us to understand, develop and shape the future of SEND across our lovely city.

You can access the survey by clicking the link below. Please also encourage any fellow parent carers and friends to also complete the survey.

The Survey will be open until the 19th March 2021.

Natalie’s Blog Part 8

Hello from the PPV team,

PPV have been really busy since we returned in January and continue to work remotely during the latest lockdown.

PPV set up a peer to peer support group which has welcomed parent carers and provided an opportunity to gather feedback from across the city and a chance to focus on how they are feeling.

Due to this success, and once face-to-face meeting/groups resume, we will be holding these support groups in the north and south of the city.

As you may have seen, unfortunately PDF have made the difficult decision to close the charity. However this does not effect PPV and the services and support we offer families are continuing to run.

Our Co-production work has increased and so has the level of participation from professionals and parent carers. If you are interested in taking part in PPV Co-production work to help improve, create and change services, please contact

PPV have been invited to more meetings across SEND, including meetings regarding training NHS staff, BLM and Educational Psychologist research.

PPV have been working in co-production on the Portsmouth ND Tool research project. We have facilitated training of over 100 professionals working across all services and sectors, and have now been given the go ahead from ethics to start gathering research. This is a real exciting time for PPV as this tool will benefit many families and provide much needed support.

Please stay safe and reach out if you need support, sign posting or guidance.

PPV Manager