Areas covered in this region

Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Cumbria, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan and Wirral.  

Introduction from Regional Development Officer

My name is Ken Upton and I have started a ten month contract with IPSEA as the Regional Development Officer for the North West. My role is to get to know local parent and carer groups in my area. IPSEA have secured funding for me to do this until 31st March 2016. I am not able to give any advice or support. If you need advice about getting the right education for a child/young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities, please use one of IPSEA's services.   

We want to make sure that parents and carers know how to get information, advice and support so that they can achieve better outcomes for their children. I can offer an introductory session for local parent/carer groups to explain who I am how I might be able to support your group.

I can also send regular and up-to-date information about what's happening for children, young people and their families in the world of special educational needs and disability.

If you would like to speak to me further please contact me via kupton@ipsea.net 

Best Wishes, Ken 

Useful links

Here is a selection of links covering some hot topics for this region:

Volunteering with IPSEA

SEND Code Of Practice ­

Amendment to transition time-scale  ­

Local Information Advice and Support Services

Local Parent and Carer Forums

Local Offer ​­

Funding for local groups

 

 

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Advice Line

This provides next step advice on: problems with schools, requesting statutory assessment, statements and Education, Health and Care Plans, annual reviews, disability discrimination and exclusion. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

Tribunal Helpline

Our Tribunal Helpline Gives next step advice on SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. When you call we will also assess whether you need casework support. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

IPSEA training

IPSEA provides a wide range of SEN training for Parents, School Staff, Parent Forums, Support Groups, Local Authority SEN teams, Parent Partnership Schemes, School Governors and other groups / organisations. Click here for details.

Information Service

The Information Services is for general legal enquiries and will signpost you to factsheets and resources on our website. Click here for more details about our Information Service