Workshop Content

We offer 2 transition workshops, the first one is for parents who have a child moving to reception class and the second one is for parents who have a child moving to secondary school. Both sessions are suitable for children who have a EHC plan or not.

Both sessions have similar content, we cover visiting schools, what to ask, what to look out for and how you can think about what would be right for your child. We explain how applications for special schools are different than mainstream applications and how the process is different if you have an EHC Plan. We then look at the actual application process and walk you through the timeframe. After that we move on to receiving the decision, what happens next and what to do if you don’t get your preferred choice.¬†

The session ends with a Q&A

We run these sessions in the Autumn only.


Mini overview:

Choosing a school

The application process

Differences in process for SEN Support and EHC Plan pupils 


Suitable for:

Any level of SEND

About our workshops in general

Usually 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 the rest of 2020 we aniticpate we will be holding them as webinars.

Our webinars are a little shorter, around 90 mins, plus time for a Q&A at the end. When we meet in person, 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.

All attendees are given a handout to take home that covers the content of the sessions and legally based information. We will email these to attendees of our webinars.

This workshops and webinars are 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

Our webinars are held over Zoom.

2020 Dates – Moving to Primary (2021)

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Tuesday 29th September 2020 – 10.00am – 12.30pm

We are also recording a webinar that will be available online soon.

2020 Dates – Moving to Secondary (2021/2)

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Tuesday 15th September 2020 – 10.00am – 12.30pm

Thursday 17th September 2020 – 7.00pm – 9.00pm