31 January 2023


In this issue: 

Natural History Museum Tring - SEND activities (all ages) 

Experience the wonder of nature at the Natural History Museum at Tring. They have a wide variety of programmes to engage everyone with the collection. From touch specimens in the galleries, resource bags and quiet mornings.
Join them for a unique and engaging journey of discovery with:

rothschild room quiet space

  • Explorer Bags and ear protectors for neurodiverse children and Sensory Bags for blind and partially sighted children– free, ask at front desk on arrival.
  • SENDsational mornings – free quiet mornings for neurodiverse children and their families. Sign up by emailing dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk for notification of ticket releases. Next event 28 May.
  • Visual guide to set expectations for your visit on the website.
  • Stay tuned to the website for audio descripted family specimen workshops.

Check out the Natural History Museum Tring website

Consultation on Home to School Transport (all ages)

Hertfordshire County Council is asking for your views on its home-school/college transport policies. They would like feedback on policy changes and on other proposals, including on issues such as the role of passenger assistants, the 19-25 transport policy, the charging structure for transport for 16-18 year olds, and personal travel budgets.

Find out more and respond to the consultation

Consultation closing date: 26 March 2023 (11.45pm)

Nip in the Bud mental health support - Early Intervention videos (ages 5+)

'Nip in the Bud' is a charity which was set up to promote awareness of mental health disorders in children. These relatively common problems which begin in childhood and adolescence can have wide-ranging and long-lasting effects, and can impact a child’s relationships, their education and job opportunities.    Nip in the Bud have recently produced four new videos for parents on the importance of 'early intervention' and how to spot when your child needs help.

View the Early Intervention Videos for Parents and Carers | Nip in the Bud

Assistive Technology free training programme for schools (ages 5-18)

Using assistive technology (AT) in schools can be empowering for all learners - including children and young people with SEND. The 'Assistive Technology Test and Learn Training Programme' is a free scheme which aims to encourage schools to use technology which they already have available to them, to support pupils and to help them to overcome any barriers with learning they may have.   

Through this project, 150 maintained mainstream schools in England will take part in a monthly 60-minute training session between March and July. The free training will help them improve the way they use Assistive Technology in school to support all of the children and young people they teach, including those with SEND.Teacher using assistive technology

If you think this is something your child's school could benefit from, talk to them about signing up to take part. Visit their website for more information.

Families in Focus - new courses starting in February (ages 5-11)

Families in Focus offer training courses for parents of primary school aged children living in Hertfordshire. The award-winning courses are delivered by experienced, trained and accredited facilitators and cover a range of topics.

They have the following new six week courses starting in February:

  • Handling anger in your child with Autism/ADHD (Monday lunchtimes, or evenings, starting 20 Feb)
  • Handling anger in your child with Autism/ADHD (Wednesday evenings, started 22 Feb)
  • Handling anger in your family (Wednesday mornings, starting 22 Feb)

View all Families in Focus courses on the Local Offer


View all courses and activities

Starting Space - Introductory session to the SEN world (SPACE), Stanstead Abbotts

Friday 3 Feb and Friday 10 Feb - 10am - 12pm

Introductory session for parents/carers to the SEN world and how SPACE can support you.

Inclusive football sessions - St Albans City Youth Football Club

Saturdays 10.30 -11.30am (for 12-15yrs), 11.30 - 12.30 (for ages 16+) - Nicholas Breakspear School

Our inclusive section provides weekly training sessions for those with a disability, special educational needs and any other additional needs, irrespective of gender.

Angels Parent/Carer support group - Q&A on Education Issues

Tuesday 7 Feb 10am - 12pm

In this support group session, there will be Q and A and an opportunity to feed these issues back to DSPL1 and have your voices heard.

Online workshop ADD-Vance - Supporting Siblings

Monday 20 Feb 10 - 11.30am

An online introductory workshop for parents/carers of children up to 18 years with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of ADHD and/or Autism.  Understanding the unique needs of siblings and developing strategies to meet their needs.