Workshop Content

We have designed this workshop to support parents and carers to understand the graduated approach to supporting special educational needs, which is called SEN Support. For some children and young people, SEN Support will be sufficient to help their progress throughout education; some may need the evidence from their SEN Support to go on to apply for an EHC Plan.

In 2021, all Bolton settings, nurseries, schools and colleges were provided with new resources to help them support children and young people who require SEN Support, via The Bolton SEND Handbook, this workshop will introduce you to the exact same resources that settings have.

During the workshop we cover identification of special educational needs, the types of provision that can be put in place, external agencies that may support and how progress is monitored and how you should be included. We also demystify SEN funding. In conclusion we discuss how SEN Support and the Graduated Approach is used on the pathway to an EHC Plan, if one is required.

Booking is required, a form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note – this workshop does not cover how to apply for an EHC Plan, however SEN Support and the graduated approach are an expectation of support to be evidenced before applying for an EHC Plan. Therefore if you feel your child requires an EHC Plan, this workshop will make sure you fully understand all the steps that need to be put in place first.


Mini overview:

Identification of SEN

Support that can be used




Suitable for:

Nursery Age

School Age

College Age


About our workshops in general

Our sessions are 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.

The sessions are around 2 1/2 hours and we always have a short break and drinks and snacks are provided throughout the session.

The content of all our workshops is 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 workshops 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

Dates for 2022

Thursday 24th March: 6:15pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 18th May: 10.00am – 12.30pm **FULL**

Thursday 7th July: 6:15pm – 8:30pm

Friday 15th July: 10.00am – 12.30pm


Booking Form

We may need to contact you about the workshop
We will send full booking details, including venue details, to this email address