created by Findability published on 27 April 2017

News Bulletin

May 2017

Information on special educational needs and disability in Bristol.

Welcome to the Findability News Bulletin

Parent, carers and professionals told us they wanted less information in the newsletter and more news more often so we've come up with our new monthly news bulletins.  Make sure you’re signed up for one by emailing and asking to go on our mailing list or sign up online.

Long time, no news

There have been lots of changes happening internally to Bristol City Council services and unfortunately that has meant we've been unable to get a newsletter out over the last few months.  On the positive side we've got lots of fantastic news and resources to share with you.

SEND Survey 2015/16

In July 2016 we launched our first SEND Survey to give parents, carers and young people an opportunity to tell us what they think of the services they use.

Read the SEND Survey results.

Bristol's SEND Self-Evaluation

Using the SEND Survey 2015/16 results, alongside other sources of information, SEND services have been evaluating how well they are doing and what steps need to be take next to make sure services develop in the right direction.

Find out about Bristol's SEND Self-Evaluation on the SEND Vision page

The Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education

Have you ever wondered what SEN Support should look like in School? Want to understand what the process is for an Education, Health and Care plan? You can find the answers to these questions and more in The Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education.

Explore The Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education.

Preparing for Adulthood

Parents, carers and young people told us they found it difficult to workout what options are available for Education, Employment, Training and beyond for young people as they get older.  To help young people and their parents and carers understand the options available we have made a Preparing for Adulthood Guide.

Take a look at the Preparing for Adulthood Guide

Quick Guide to Services

We didn't want anyone to miss out on an easy guide so we've also written a guide for anyone wanting to get a quick idea of what services are available in Bristol.  This guide covers the key services across Education, Health and Social Care.

Download the Quick Guide to Services

Bristol Parent Carers' Annual Event

It's that time of year when Bristol Parent Carers host their amazing annual event for parent carers.  This years event is on the 13th June and includes workshops of designing the support you need and transfers between educational settings.

Find out more about Bristol Parent Carers' Annual Event

SEND Local Area Inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have been inspecting Local Areas throughout the England to see how they are implementing the SEND Reforms.  Bristol has not been inspected yet but you can find out what happened in other areas.

Read about the SEND Local Area Inspections

Information for Professionals

We have been developing our information for professionals to make sure they can access the documents they need, when they need them.  On Findability we aim to make sure young people, parents and carers have access to the same information, that is up-to-date, transparent and accessible.

Check out the Information for Professionals section

Birth to 25 Update

There have been some changes in the Integrated Birth to 25 Service:

  • The SEN team who carry out SEN assessments pre 16 are now part of our service.  This is an important last piece of our jigsaw puzzle, so all SEN statutory assessment (including Education, Health and Care plans) up to 25 are within our service.  Emilie Williams-Jones has joined us to bring together and manage our pre 16 SEN , autism and home to school travel teams.  

Find out about Education, Health and Care plans

  • Our autism support has been extended, bringing together a range of specialist parent support programmes, introducing a new Cygnet course for primary age.  Headed up by Jo Davies, we will be announcing a new range of shorter workshops as well.   Andrew Powell who delivers the Teenage Life programme is also delivering a range of workshops.

Find out about Bristol Autism Team

  • Now we have more of the assessment and case work teams in the service, we are working with parent-carers and a range of partner agencies and services to design a new “Front Door” into Birth to 25 Service, and pathways, to make it easier for and families.  This will be discussed at the Bristol Parent Carers event in June.

Find out about the Birth to 25 Integrated Service

These changes, and more, within the City Council Service and in collaboration with our colleagues in Childrens Community Health Partnership are helping us respond to some of the feedback from our SEND survey.


Remember we always welcome feedback on Findability and Bristol's Local Offer.  If you have a question or want to make a comment you can do that by emailing or using our online feedback form.

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