In this issue:

Increasing specialist provision (ages 5-16)

In the last 5 years, we have increased  the number of places at special schools by 448, but we know that the need for new places continues to rise.  The Valley School roof construction

There is work going on across the county to increase places in different sectors, and you can read all about our plans and progress in our Increasing Specialist Provision webpage.

Re-build at The Valley School, Stevenage

As part of the programme of improvements, the re-build of The Valley special school in Stevenage is nearing completion now, and the picture on the right shows the roof of the new school.  We are hoping that pupils will start to transfer to the new school in October 2023.  

Specialist Resource Provisions (SRPs)

We are also starting to open our Specialist Resource Provisions in secondary schools across the county. These SRPs are for children who need additional support to access learning in a mainstream school and will have staff who are trained to support children with developmental language disorder, social communication needs and those with autism.  In SRPs, pupils have a safe space where their educational, communication and emotional needs can be met. Children will be placed in these SRPs through the same process as for special schools.  Find out more about our plans for SRPs on the Local Offer.

Exam and revision stress (ages 16-18)

Exam season is under way and many of our young people will be feeling the pressure.

Just Talk has put together a list of practical resources and support which will help both young people, and their parents, through this stressful time.  View the Just Talk exam and revision stress guide.

Herts Inclusive Theatre - new youth and adult group (ages 16+)

Herts Inclusive Theatre are pleased to launch a new project for Young Adults in Hemel Hempstead for ages 16+ . 'Power Up' will take place weekly, every Wednesday from 7th June - 12th July 2023 and will cost £30.00 per person for the term.Power-UP Herts Inclusive Theatre flyer

We will use drama to explore:

  • Life Skills
  • Empowerment
  • Equality

Come meet new people, build confidence and most importantly, have fun! Everyone welcome!

For more details email admin@hit-theatre.org.uk or phone 01727 22 14 14.

Visit the Herts Inclusive Theatre website for more information about this and other workshops

FestivAll (all ages)

FestivAll returns to Rickmansworth this June! 

FestivAll is an inclusive and accessible music festival that welcomes everybody.  That means accessible toilets and hoisting facilities, and wheelchair-friendly flooring that makes moving around the site as smooth as your dance moves.FestivALL flyer
There's lots of fun stuff for kids and for grown-ups, too.  You'll find live music, great food and drink, kids activities, theatre and dance performances and a chill out zone for anyone who needs it,

General admission £10 

Find out more and buy tickets


View all SEND courses and activities

SPACE - Online workshop: ADHD in women and girls

Monday 22 May 7 - 9pm

A workshop that aims to understand the particular challenges which girls with this conditions face, and how to support them.

SENDSational mornings at Tring Museum

Sunday 28 May 10am - 12pm

Children with neuro-diverse conditions including autism and other sensory processing difficulties can enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Potential Kids - Parents social 

Friday 26 May 7.30pm - 9.30pm

An evening to socialise and have fun, whilst making some Turkish summer food and mosaic crafting. With some nibbles and a glass of wine.