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The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) are running a free workshop for parents of children with a sensory impairment on 6 February in London. The workshop will cover what a good EHC needs assessment involves and go through the different sections of the EHC plan in detail.  

A flyer and booking form can be downloaded from: https://www.natsip.org.uk/index.php/776-preparing-for-the-plan-free-workshop-for-parents

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The National Careers Service (sometimes called NCS) have drop in sessions around Portsmouth where young people can go to receive advice on how to get into work. They are at:

Eastney Community Centre           Tuesdays 9.30am - 12pm

Somerstown Sure Start                 Fridays 10am -12pm

They also visit local places in the community but in order to attend these sessions you will need to phone in advance. The number to do this is 07468 474712

Buckland Sure Start                        Mondays 10am-12pm 

Southsea Library                            Mondays & Thursdays 1pm to 4pm

Oasis The Venue                             Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm

Milton Library                                 Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm

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The Met Office has issued a Level 3 (Severe Weather Action) Cold Weather Warning for the period between 0900 on Thursday 14th January and 1200 on Tuesday 19th January in parts of England.

What does the cold weather warning mean?

This is issued when the weather described in Level 2 actually happens.  This means that a mean temperature of 2°C is predicted for at least 48 hours and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is happening now, and is expected to impact on people's health and on health services.

Although there are usually fewer days at these low temperatures, the risk of negative health impacts increases as the temperature falls.  Aside from cold temperatures, snow and ice are associated with an increase in injuries and severe disruption to services.

You should refer to the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan and the "Keep Warm, Keep Well" information leaflet for further information, links as follows:



What is the risk in Portsmouth?

The risk specifically for South East England is 90% hence a Level 3 alert has been issued.

The weather forecast for Portsmouth during this period can be seen on the following websites:



It should be noted that the weather forecast for Portsmouth is higher than the cold weather threshold temperatures indicating a reduced likelihood of threshold temperatures for a Level 3 alert specifically for Portsmouth being reached. 

Organisations are advised to continue to monitor the local situation, consider implementing precautionary measures as indicated below and expect further information from Public Health Portsmouth if the risk changes.

What actions should I consider for a Level 3 Cold Weather Warning?

Please refer to the table below and to the action cards in Chapter 3 (p. 34) of the Public Health England Cold Weather Plan :


There are 5 levels in the Met Office Cold Weather Warning System; they are summarised in the table below:

Met Office Cold Weather arning System



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The recent SEND reforms mean that disabled children and young people and those with SEN have a right to receive direct and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) on matters relating to their SEN/Disability. IAS should be provided to children and young people covering education, health and social care. The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN), hosted at CDC, have developed a new website which aims to help disabled children and young people and those with SEN better understand what rights they have for accessing information, advice and support across education, health and social care. The website also contains full contact details for IAS Services across England. To view please click on the link below:


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The healthy policy team at CDC have been working with the National Children’s Bureau to create a brand new website promoting children and young people’s rights when using the NHS. It is called www.getyourrights.org 

Children and young people often don’t know what their rights are when using the NHS, but knowing these rights can make a big difference.

The website has been developed by the Council for Disabled Children in partnership with children and young people, and they really want to know how they’ve done. Please encourage children and young people to look at the website and give feedback through this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GYRprizedraw

They can enter a prize draw to one of two £25 shopping vouchers for taking part. The survey closes at the end of January and the prize draw winner will be notified shortly after.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Fellowes Afellowes@ncb.org.uk

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IOY January 2016 The January issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_January 2016.pdf

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Here is a report about what Dynamite have done in 2015 and what we hope to do in 2016.



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In November last year the Special Needs Jungle asked that parents submit their top ten questions for the DfE about their experiences of the new SEND System. After working through all the submissions they sent 10 'themes' with all the questions categorised under each theme so that the DfE could get a good look at the range of concerns being raised. 

They have now received a response from Stuart Miller, Deputy Director of SEND at the DfE and published the response on their website. As the answers were quite lengthy they have published the responses in 2 parts.

Part 1 answers questions on:

  • SEN Support
  • Inclusion
  • Training
  • EHCP assessment
  • Transition to EHCP

Part 2 answers questions on:

  • Provision
  • Post 16
  • Appeals
  • Personal budgets
  • Alternative Provision

To view please click on the links below:

The DfE answers your top 10 questions on the changes to SEND education - Part 1

The DfE answers your top 10 questions on the changes to SEND education - Part 2

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Does your child have Dyslexia, or a learning difficlulty and finds spelling and reading difficult? TTRS is a structured phonics program that aims to develop literacy skills, confidence, self­-esteem and motivation through a modular course. It is available both for home and school environments, and may be a way to enhance and improve your child's learning, whilst giving them the skills to touch type.

For more information click HERE

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IOY December 2015 The December issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

Please click on the link below to view:



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