Help to shape Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provisions

Families with children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) or who access alternative provision outside of mainstream schooling, are invited to join online discussion groups as the next stage of helping to shape provision locally.

Wiltshire Council works closely with SEND families to ensure there are high standards of support and also opportunities for independence.

Earlier this year, meetings were held across the county with parents, carers, children and young people all invited to have their say on the future of their SEND and Alternative Provision.

The topics discussed at these meetings has helped provide some emerging priorities for the long-term plan for Wiltshire called the SEND Inclusion and Alternative Provision Strategy (SENDIAP).

When the new strategy is published, it will set out the long-term plan of how the council will act on agreed priorities so children, young people and families with SEND or in alternative provision have the very best in Wiltshire.

Now parent carers can sign up to join online sessions to discuss how these priorities will be part of the strategy, with topics including preparing for the move from school to being an adult, support and advice and the voice of the child and their family.

As well as parent carers, there will be key representatives from services and providers to listen and respond to the views and suggestions.

The dates and timings are below:

Monday 15 April, 10am-11.30am Quality of planning

Monday 15 April, 4pm-5.30pm Preparation for Adulthood

Monday 22 April, 10am-11.30am Better communication and quality of information

Monday 22 April, 4pm-5.30pm Support and Advice

Tuesday 30 April, 10am-11.30am Skills, knowledge and understanding of practitioners

Tuesday 30 April, 4pm-5.30pm Voice of the child and their family.

To sign up for one of the sessions or for more information visit