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IASS secondary school transfer year 5 seminar
If you're a parent or carer of a child in year 5 with an EHC plan, or who is receiving SEN support at school, you may benefit from an IASS organised seminar. They provide useful tips and information to help you with the secondary school admission process.
These sessions are always popular and early booking is recommended. Please contact IASS with your preferred date and whether your child has an EHC plan or receives SEN support at school (as there are two groups during each session).
|Nene Whitewater Centre|
Tuesday 12 March 2019
12:30pm to 2:30pm
|Corn Market Hall|
Tuesday 26 March 2019
9:30am to 11:30am
Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club
The club are having an open day at their Thomas Becket School venue on 16 March 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. All equipment is provided, but bring a drink and sensible shoes.
Contact them on 07785 338 497 or visit the Northants Phoenix website.
Deaf-friendly activity day for children 0 to 13 years old
A free day of activities for deaf children to try new experiences and meet other people.
|The Pemberton Centre|
Northamptonshire NN10 9YP
|Saturday 23 March||1.30 to 3.30pm|
Taster sessions will include:
a special session just for toddlers and their families
advice and support from the Northamptonshire Deaf Children’s Society
an introduction to the Scouts
Make a booking
email@example.com or phone 0121 234 9820.
Communication and language support is available upon request. This would include British Sign Language and other language interpreters.
Autism East Midlands youth clubs and holiday clubs
Autism East Midlands have published their timetable for their youth clubs and the planned holiday schemes for 2019.
All places must be booked with Autism East Midlands.
Autism East Midlands Holiday Clubs will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays - see the poster for the dates and venues:
Senior youth clubs (11 years plus)
|First Wednesday of every month (term time only)||6.30 to 8.30pm||Elgar Centre|
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN
Junior youth clubs (8 to 11 years old)
|Fourth Sunday of the month (term time only)||10am to 2pm||Nether Heyford|
1A Roberts Field
Northampton NN7 3BE
|First Saturday of the month (term time only)||10am to 2pm||Elgar Centre|
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN
Action for Children commissioned youth groups and holiday clubs
The Local Authority currently commissions Action for Children to provide youth groups and holiday clubs. Action for Children run various disability groups across Northamptonshire. They offer fun activities in a safe environment for children and young people to come along while parents have some rest. The groups are designed for children aged 5 to 25 years. Check the details of each group for the age ranges.
Sensory Impairment Service: Touchpoint
If you have a child (or young person) with a hearing impairment, a visual impairment, or a multisensory impairment, these workshops are for you. The sessions are facilitated by teachers from the Sensory Impairment Service. Please let us, or the Sensory Impairment service, know what times and days would be best for you.
For more information, email the Sensory Impairment Service:
Deafconnect children and families service hold activities for children who are deaf and those who have a hearing impairment. They also arrange regular coffee mornings for families and holiday activities.
Deafconnect run two youth groups for junior and seniors twice a month. They hold regular coffee morning for adults.
Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of local and national organisations working together to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in Northamptonshire.
View a wide range of activities and events for carers.
For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website:
Regular SEN events
Cinema (Autism friendly screenings)
Cineworld: first Sunday of the month, 11am
Vue: the last Sunday of the month, 10:15am
Odeon: one Sunday a month, 10:15am
Northamptonshire Libraries and Country Parks
The Events Calendar provides up-to-date information about activities for children and families in Northamptonshire's libraries and country parks. It includes details and availability of universal children's centre services that are provided by the libraries.
View the libraries and country parks events calendar
Activities and workshops for children and families Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.
|Early years SEN training||Various||Various|
Training for staff working with young children with special educational needs.
|Early years foundation courses||Various||Various|
Training for staff working with young children.
Free online training materials about Special Educational Needs for professionals. Please note, this training was published in 2012, some information may be out of date.
|Anti-Bullying Alliance||Online ||Online|
Free online training about bullying for professionals.
|Disability Matters ||Online||Online|
Free online training about disability for the UK workforce.
|Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services ||Various||Various|
Targeted mental health in schools (TAMHS) and learning focused courses for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream schools.
|Children's Speech and Language Therapy||Various||Various|
Training for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream primary schools.
|Children's Speech and Language Therapy||See poster for dates|
Camrose Children's Centre, Northampton
Sudborough House, St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering
Signalong Foundation Course for early years practitioners and school teaching staff. £80 per person (15 hours training and certificate).
|Disabled Living ||Various||Various|
Training programmes for professionals, parents and carers.
BSL courses for adults.
|Specialist Support Service ||Various||Various|
Courses for parents/carers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and other special educational needs or disabilities.