Leeds SENDIASS news and events

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  • We now have a short voice narrated webinar to give parents and carers information and advice about Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) reviews. This webinar may also be useful for professionals working with families who have a child or young person with an EHCP. To view this new webinar please visit our YouTube channel.

Previous announcements

  • We now have a short voice narrated webinar to give parents and carers information and advice about transitions in education, health and social care. his webinar may also be useful for professionals working with families who are or will be going through these transition processes.To view this new webinar please visit our YouTube channel.
  • We now have a short voice narrated webinar to give parents and carers information and advice about SEND tribunal appeals and mediation. This webinar may also be useful for professionals working with families who are considering, or going through these processes. To view this new webinar please visit our YouTube channel.


SEND support in mainstream schools workshop

This workshop covers what SEND support can be accessed in school, requesting, preparing for and attending SEND meetings, the Graduated Response, reasonable adjustments, and receiving support from other agencies.                                                 

Next dates:

  • 31st March at 1pm
  • 28th April at 1pm
  • 18th May at 10am
  • 15th June at 1pm
  • 12th July at 10am
Click here to book your place.

EHC needs assessments

This workshop covers how to request an assessment, guidance for filling in the application forms, information on the process, including time lines.                                         

Next dates:

  • 26th April at 10am
  • 19th May at 1pm
  • 9th June at 10am
  • 7th July at 1pm
Click here to book your place.

EHCP reviews

This workshop covers asking for, preparing for and attending a review meeting for EHCP’s, requesting a change of setting, calling an early review, planning for adulthood and updating the content of a plan. What to do if you are unhappy with the review process or outcome.                                         

Next dates:

  • 5th May at 1pm
  • 21st June at 10am
Click here to book your place.

Appealing to the SEND Tribunal – Refusal to Assess

The workshop will cover appealing decisions to the SEND tribunal in relation to an EHC needs assessment, including mediation, the tribunal process, and preparing paperwork.                                         

Next dates:

  • 10th May at 10am
  • 6th July at 1pm
Click here to book your place.

Preparing for Adulthood (Pfa)

The workshop will cover preparing for adulthood, EHCP reviews and updating the content of the plan, and post 16 placement.                                         

Next dates:

  • 11th May at 1pm
  • 29th June at 10am
Click here to book your place.

Workshop Feedback- How are we doing?

Here at Leeds SENDIASS we are always striving to improve our offer by seeking feedback, so please feel free to tell us what you think!

  • ‘’Very friendly and knowledgeable team members. Very informative’’
  • ‘’ Everything, all the information given was useful and clear. As parents we came out of the meeting feeling much more positive about the whole process and application going forward.’’
  • "I just wanted to give feedback that had a session like this been available for me 2¬3 years ago I would have had more confidence in tackling my child's high school and their lack of support in discussing transition, next steps and careers. Thanks though, the content was very, very useful’’

More SEND news and events

Find out more about other SEND news and events, happening both locally and nationally.

Information in this section is not endorsed by Leeds Sendiass. We are not responsible for the content of sites or services offered by third parties.

News and announcements

  • Leeds SEND Parent/ Carer Participation Forum - Leeds is working with Contact, a national charity with expertise is helping to establish forums, to develop a new SEND parent / carer participation forum for the city that will be funded by the Department for Education. The aim of the forum is to make sure the services in their area meet the needs of disabled children and their families.

    They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well, or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

    Contact will be supporting parent / carer support groups in Leeds to set up a new forum over the next 12 months. To enable Contact to apply for the funding to support the Leeds parent / carer participation forum we are looking for some parents / carers to support the application (this is a condition of the grant).

    We are looking for parents / carer who would be happy to support Contact holding the money for the next 12 months and developing a parent / carer forum in Leeds. By supporting the grant you will not be expected to undertake any work, but Contact will be in touch with you to ask you to agree how the money is spent.

    If you would like to support the grant application, please email kayleigh.thurlow@leeds.gov.uk by Monday 30th May 2022.

Previous SEND news

  • Special Needs Jungle hosted Minister Quince this month for a webinar on the SEND Review, in collaboration with the NNPCF, Contact and Family Fund. SNJ enjoyed working alongside Tina and Sarah to present the webinar which was massively over-subscribed and participants fielded over 200 questions in 45 minutes. SNJ has sent the unanswered questions to the DfE. You can find the recording of the webinar here. They’ll be holding a further webinar with Mr Quince, and hopefully a podcast, in the coming months.   

    SNJ have also been working with the SEND Review team to suggest ways to ensure the upcoming consultation is as accessible as possible for parents and young people, considering the limited time and access only to mobile devices many have.  

    SNJ will be dividing the Green Paper into separate articles to help parents, young people,and practitioners understand the implications and respond. SNJ plan to offer a way to enable those who do not feel comfortable responding on a government website to submit their views through them.   

    SNJ have also published their Race and SEND report, which has been welcomed by the SEND Review team.  

  • SCOPE are launching a careers advice service for young disabled people in Leeds. Career Pathways is a careers advice service for disabled people aged 15 to 25. We provide careers guidance to support people to explore their career options and to achieve their career goals. Each young person will receive up to three one-hour 1:1 sessions with a Careers Adviser.   

    The sessions will make young people aware of career options and employment routes open to them, support young people to develop their career goals and create an action plan to achieve them and make young people aware of the support available to them, whether they decide to continue education or enter the workplace. These sessions could take place in person or virtually. For more information please click here.  

  • Leeds Locksmith Supports Little Hiccups Charity.Little Hiccups is a Leeds based charity that has been set up by parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities. Andy from Lemon Locksmith found out about childrens charity Little Hiccups by chance.                                                     

    Andy goes on to say, “I have 2 small children myself who have been deprived of going to soft play centres for nearly the last 2 years due to lockdown. So I understand how enjoyable this kind of play can be for children, especially now. It’s good to know that the Little Hiccups charity provide the Stay and Play sessions for children who are no doubt happy to make the most of it after been stuck inside for so long! My aim is to raise at least £300 however as much as possible is great.”                                                    

    Stay n Play has increased in popularity since lockdown. Families have continued to grow during Covid but we have found that access to traditional resources have been harder with waiting lists increasing exponentially. Consequently, people are turning to charities like Little Hiccups for support. We have many new families where children have been born and/or diagnosed in the last couple of years and who have been unable to find the support and information that they need. At Little Hiccups Stay n Play, their little ones have a safe place to explore, but the parents can also meet other families in similar circumstances. Due to popular demand, Little Hiccups are in the process of looking at opening a second Stay n Play session. Andy’s donation will go a long way to funding this.                                                    

    Andy’s plan is to donate any proceedings he makes from night time lockouts over a period of 2 weeks and he has set up a Give As You Live page for people to donate to. At the time of writing, this had already made £400! It is unfortunate that people are getting locked out of their homes, but we are very grateful to Andy and the individuals who are donating Lemon Locksmith is a family run Leeds locksmith.                                                     

    Andy also welcomes donations from none customers also in order to raise as much as possible for Little Hiccups. If you would like to make a donation, pleaseclick here.

  • Targeted Short Breaks are asking for expressions of interest. Targeted short breaks and fun activities are for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Leeds. If you would like your child to access a targeted short breaks / fun activity please complete the expression of interest form.
  • Endorphins Group are commissioned by Leeds Council to run sessions for SEND young people throughout the Leeds area. Their fun action-packed Super Star programmes are designed to increase the confidence of the young people through interactive activities such as sports and crafts, with a chance to make new friends, learn new things and the opportunity to really grow and develop personally.For more information and to register, please visit their website
  • SENIT have updated their SENCO pack that provides criteria for schools to access SENIT support and information about their offer. It is a public resource that provides clear explaination of the criteria to access the service and of the graduated approach. Click here to access this resource pack.
  • Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers are a charity that supports young deaf people across Yorkshire to meet other young deaf people and share experiences. They also run a DEX Deaf Youth Council for young deaf people aged 17-30. For more information you can email contact@dex.org.uk, visit their website or find them on social media.

SEND Events

SEND Next Choices- Getting Ready for Adult Life - 23rd June

SEND Next Choices- Getting Ready for Adult Life

Thursday 23rd June 10am-6pm     

First Direct Arena

This event will be an opportunity for young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and their parents and carers to find out about jobs, training, apprenticeships, college courses, voluntary work, leisure activities, finances, benefits and support as they move into adult life. Everyone is welcome.     

Book Tickets      

Racial Inequalities online training - on-going

Racial Inequalities Training

on going                           



The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are offering free and accessible training as part of their journey to become an anti-racist system to reduce the health inequalities that exist within society.

Find out about:                              

  • black history
  • unconscious bias and racial microaggressions
  • white privilege and racial inequalities
  • the importance of Allyship
Find out more    

SCOPE -Starting Line Employment Course - ongoing

Starting Line Employment Course

Starts October 2021                              

via telephone and online                              


A free service to help support and encourage people back into sustainable work, volunteering work or even education by providing courses to help people gain confidence and believe in their abilities.                              

Starting Line is a service delivered by Scope, and open to people who are:                              

  • disabled - including if you have a physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty, autism or mental health condition (i.e., anxiety, depression) and long-term health conditions.)
  • aged 16 and over
  • Unemployed

Working with disabled people to develop a programme around their career goals and how they can achieve them. Through group and one-to-one sessions, helping people to:                              

  • Understand their career goals.
  • Grow in confidence, assertiveness, and independence.
  • Write their CV.
  • Develop interview skills.
  • Find and apply for volunteering, training, or employment opportunities.

Strating Line is a seven-week Pre-Employment Group Support course consisting of 14 modules delivered on 2 half days a week.                              

If you would like to speak to someone first, before signing up, you can call:                              

  • Sue on 07734 540 763
  • Emma on 07776 650 740
  • Andy on 07767 111 854
  • Register here