Our Transition to Secondary School workshop is for parents and carers whose children have a EHC plan or not.
It’s ideal when your child is in Year 5 or 6. We cover visiting schools and open evenings, what to ask, what to look out for and how you can think about what would be right for your child.
We explain all the different routes – you may have a child under SEN Support and navigating mainstream admissions, you may have an EHC Plan and considering which school to name, or you may have a preference for a special school.
There is plenty of time for asking questions too!
We are offering these workshop as in-person and online sessions this year. For dates scroll to the bottom of this page.
We run these sessions in the Autumn only.
Choosing a school
The application process
Differences in process for SEN Support and EHC Plan pupils
Any level of SEND
Year 5 & 6
About our workshops in general
Our sessions are always run in small, informal groups, this allows for parents to ask questions and receive answers there and then. We encourage conversation and parents who have attended workshops tell us this makes the sessions even more beneficial.
For our online sessions we ensure they have all same information covered, and we cover questions via the chat function. We allow time at the end for a Q&A.
As the sessions are 2 1/2 hours we always have a short break and drinks and snacks are provided throughout the session.
The content of all our workshops are legally accurate and up to date with Bolton SEND processes as they are written by Cheryl Wyatt from IAS who has current legal SEND training. Through our work as a parent carer forum we work closely with Bolton Council and the NHS to ensure that the information about processes and services is also accurate.
This workshop is hosted by Cheryl Wyatt from IAS and Nan Cooper from BPC, both of whom are parents to teenagers with SEND.
Our workshops are held at The Bolton Hub which has car parking nearby, details of which can be found by clicking here
Please note we are no longer seating the rooms with social distancing space, however our workshops are held in well-ventilated rooms, we sanitise surfaces and refreshments are all single-serve sachets.