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A Guide to Making Conversations with Schools Count for Families

Impacting on You Newsletter: November 2018

You can view November’s edition of Impacting on You by clicking here: IOY November 2018 final

Portsmouth SEND Strategy Review 2018

Last year, Portsmouth City Council conducted a SEND Strategy review. You can view the full document here. For the past 2 weeks, we have published the main findings in bite size statements. Thank you to Pippa Cook and Liz Robinson for their thorough report. You can find the 11 slides below:

Portsmouth Disability Forum – Keeping Families Informed



Keeping Families Informed

Portsmouth Disability Forum has just launched an additional feature to its website – Our new SEN tab will now take you to The SEN Advice Centre which provides you, the parent, with information and support to help you make informed choices.  This part of the site aims to provide you with information and details to support you in your dealings with the Local Authority and schools.

We know for many parents finding the information they need can be a huge issue, we hope this new feature is easy to use informative and will help parents when making difficult decisions about schools and education.

‘As the City suffers more and more cutbacks, we believe parents need to tackle challenges from an informed position, which is what prompted us to develop this information centre’ says Lynne Rigby Principle Officer.

Below are just few of the topic areas covered in the section;

We are always keen to hear feedback be it positive or negative and to receive ideas for further development of our website. Please click here to be directed to the Portsmouth Disability Forum website.

Thank you.

Healthier Together Website Information Guides

Over the past few months, PPV parent reps and professionals have worked together to design easy guides covering a range of topics ranging from anxiety to eating disorders.

The guides are now live on the Healthier Together website. The information is generic as the website in not only for Portsmouth but covers the Wessex area including Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight all the way to Dorset.

For more information, go to the Healthier Together Website to see the guides in action. You will be able to download the guides and there is also a useful print option: (under mental health resources)

Here is an example below:

Proposal for the Future of Willows Nursery

The Local Authority is consulting on a plan that would see Willows Centre for Children close with Cliffdale Primary Academy expanding to deliver the specialist provision currently provided by Willows.

The consultation period is from 15th October until 10th December with public meetings being held in November.

Please see below the consultation document which is being circulated widely this week.

Solent Academies Trust will be consulting separately on the plan to expand Cliffdale Primary school.

Please send any question or comments on the LA proposal to :

Janet Andrews

School Organisation Officer

Education – Sufficiency Participation & Resources

Children, Families & Education


Portsmouth City Council

Civic Offices

Guildhall Square




Willows Closure Consultation – FINAL

Impacting on You Newsletter: October 2018

You can view October’s edition of Impacting on You by clicking here: IOY Oct 2018



Impacting on You Newsletter: September 2018

You can view September’s edition of Impacting on You by clicking here: IOY Sept 2018

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) complaints: A guide for Young People in education


Guide for young people aged 16 to 25 on how to resolve SEND disagreements


Portsmouth Youth Project September 2018 Programme