Building a system-wide approach to independence for young people with SEND

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We would like people to help us build a system-wide approach to independence at our Partnership Visioning Event.

The event takes place from 9am -12noon on Wednesday 3 October in the Hockney Room at Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford.  We would particularly  welcome parents, practitioners and teachers.

The community of people and organisations who work with SEND young people all share one clear aspiration with the young people themselves, which is to achieve the highest level of independence possible.  Parents and schools already do an incredible amount of work to support this goal. 

We are keen to explore the possibility of extending this work to include a whole system approach to independence in Bradford. We want to look at how we:

  • share the best models within school settings;
  • are clear with parents what they can expect in terms of support for this;
  • better including SEND specialist staff in the Authority;
  • work more closely with parents;
  • gather the great practice in the VCS;
  • integrate the work of our independent  travel team; and
  • involve our travel assistance service. 

We are also keen to hear from young people and parents themselves about their journey towards independence and the success stories that have resulted. 

This event brings together stakeholders to hear from a selection of people who are at the forefront of achieving independence with SEND young people, and to consider how we might work together better as a district.  If you are interested in helping to shape this agenda, then this event is for you!

Speakers include Sue Haithwaite, head at Chellow Heights and Beechcliffe schools, speaking both as a head and a parent; Rachel Parsons, Senior Teacher at Southfield School, and young graduates of the Project Search programme running at Southfield Grange school.

We very much hope you can make it.  To book a place visit


Published: 20/09/2017
Audience: All
Contact: Richard Hudson

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