Do We Need a Better Local Offer?

We think SEND children, young people and their families in Birmingham should have a better Local Offer. Join us by Zoom on 8th and 22nd July to share your experience… The City Council has been given funds by government to improve the Local Offer. The Council says it wil use most of this money to…Read moreRead more

Do We Need a Better Local Offer?

We think SEND children, young people and their families in Birmingham should have a better Local Offer. Join us by Zoom on 8th and 22nd July to share your experience… The City Council has been given funds by government to improve the Local Offer. The Council says it wil use most of this money to…Read moreRead more

New Local SEND Offer

Tuesday 4 May 10-11am Much-needed additional money for the Local Offer for SEND Children might not be enough to ‘fix’ mainstream schools which off-roll and persistently exclude children who ‘don’t fit the box’.  Instead, CQ says, the SEND Local Offer could be made co-operatively between schools and communities. Join the Zoom chat online to look…Read moreRead more

Develop Local Potential to Serve SEND Children Right

Councils are working out how to spend an increase in the higher needs block funding they get to provide education to SEND children.  In Birmingham, the Council is encouraging mainstream schools to improve the way they serve vulnerable children through partnerships aimed at developing local potential.  In the light of widespread off-rolling of SEND children…Read moreRead more

It Takes A Village, Birmingham Nov 20 9.30-12.30

introducing asset based commissioning and community investment… It Takes a Village… is Children’s Quarter third annual conference.  We’re focusing on making more of what we share – community assets: families, networks, communities, grassroots groups and schools – making the whole community a classroom.  The event takes place at Edgbaston Community Centre, Woodview Drive, Birmingham B15…Read moreRead more

Hamilton School Summer Playscheme

Hamilton School is offering a 2 week playscheme as part of the Happy Healthy Holidays programme for pupils with Autism and complex learning difficulties.  Children will enjoy physical and creative play opportunities with breakfast, smoothie making and a hot and healthy lunch. See the attached flyer and contact school to book a place (more…)

Summer Sessions at Victoria School

Sessions for children and young people at Victoria School and Specialist Art College and Cherry Oak School are running this summer at Victoria School, Northfield as part of the Happy Healthy Holidays program funded by central government and organised in Birmingham by a consortium of local groups.   The program aims to give the children in…Read moreRead more

Extended Summer Sessions at Baskerville School

Baskerville School students have an opportunity as part of Birmingham’s Happy Healthy Holidays program to attend extended summer sessions where they can enjoy sports, games and healthy food.  The scheme runs 22-26 July at the school in Harborne. Baskerville School is a special school for students aged 11 to 19 years, with autistic spectrum disorders…Read moreRead more

About Children on the Autistic Spectrum and their Experience of School

Of children on the autism spectrum: over a third (34%) say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on; nearly two -thirds (63%) are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them; more than 1 in 6 have been suspended from school; and 1 in 25 has…Read moreRead more

More than 1 in 10 children with special educational needs has a diagnosis of autism

More than one in ten (11%) of children with special educational needs in state funded schools has a diagnosis of autism.  The number of Statements/EHC Plans that list autism as the primary need increased by 3% between 2010 and 2013. Source: Special educational needs in England published in January 2014 by DfE (more…)