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SEND support events for parent carers

Courses and events to support parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Events are held across Norfolk, and are organised in date order.

Three ten-week course modules run during term time for professionals, parents and carers.

Dates and times:

  • BSL Module 101 - Monday 23 September to Monday 2 December, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 102 - Monday 6 January 7 to Monday 16 March, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 103 - Monday 20 April to Monday 29 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost and bookings: £260 for professionals, plus the cost of exams (£93 for the three exams, any retakes are extra). Limited places for a parent of a deaf child at a reduced rate of £80 are available. You must have a confirmed place before attending. Please contact Heather Riseborough: email or phone 01603 704040.

A series of training opportunities support anyone who has contact with a child of school age – parents, guardians, grandparents or other family members.

Your child does not need to have an official diagnosis of any learning difficulty.

  • Dyslexia Awareness for Parents and Carers
    A course looking at how to help with homework / support with further reading & spelling development / supporting difficulty with organisation & memory / how to communicate with school if there is a conflict
    Tuesday 26 November

    £25 per person
  • Working Memory workshop
    The workshop will explore what working memory is, as well as many ways for you to support your child with their working memory skills to help increase their confidence and ability when reading, writing, doing arithmetic or studying for exams
    Thursday 6 February 

    £10 per person
  • Supporting Maths Difficulties workshop
    The workshop will look at the types of challenges a dyslexic young person might face when doing maths and explore a wide range of practical support tools, resources and apps that you can use at home to support your child.
    Thursday 26 March 

    £10 per person

Booking and further information:
For a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington or call 01603 860505.

Understanding your Child - 10 week course

  • Mondays 13 January to 23 March, 10am-12pm

Understanding Your 11-16yr old -10 week course

  • Wednesdays from 15 January to 25 March, 6.30-8.30pm

Parents, children and change workshop

  • Friday 28 February, 9.30-11.30am

Workshop for parents of 11-16yr olds

  • Thursday 12 March, 6-8.30pm

Understanding your Child - 10 week course

  • Mondays from 20 April to 29 June, 10am-12pm

Understanding Your 11-16yr old - 10 week course

  • Wednesdays from 22 April to 1 July, 6.30-8.30pm

All held at Swaffham Community Centre, the Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

Bookings and further information: Please ring Family Action on 01760 720302 or 725801 to book a place. Please note that sessions do not run during the school holidays.

A Dads Matter course in King’s Lynn ‘delivered by blokes for blokes, in a blokey environment’.

This course is for dads and carers of children who would be interested in learning more about child behaviour and development. You will explore the stages of development, why children behave in certain ways, and look at some of the most common behaviours which most parents worry about from time to time.

  • Stages of child/brain development
  • Tantrums, rudeness and other tricky behaviours
  • Issues with sleep and bedtime
  • Having fun together
  • Communication/active listening
  • Parenting styles – the impact of the way parents were raised
  • Managing anger and stress

This is a free service with course materials and refreshments supplied.

Please note that it is important to attend all 12 sessions if possible, as it can be hard to catch up if you miss more than the odd session.

Dates and times: Friday 17 January for 12 weeks, 12-2pm

Venue: Providence Street Community Centre, Providence Street, King's Lynn PE30 5ET

Further information: Contact Travis Britton or Chris Dickerson by emailing

Listening to children, young people, and their families… supporting inclusion, meeting needs and changing lives together’

Would you like to...

  • Know more about the SEND and Alternative Provision Transformation Programme
  • Learn more about how the Area SEND Strategy may make a difference to your child
  • Find out what feedback we receive about the Local Offer
  • Have a chance to tell us about the issues you face in your local area

Norfolk County Council is holding six Family Roadshows across the county so that you get a chance to tell us what you think are the local issues facing your children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

The third roadshow is being held in Great Yarmouth:

  • Wednesday 12 February, 10.30am to 1.00pm - King’s Centre, 30 Queen Anne’s Road, Great Yarmouth NE31 0LE

Future roadshows will take place in Thetford, Norwich and Fakenham:

  • Wednesday 25 March, 10.30am to 1.00pm - Charles Burrell Centre, Staniforth Road, Thetford IP24 3LH
  • Wednesday 20 May, 10.30am to 1.00pm - Willow Centre, 1-13 Willowcroft Way, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 7JJ
  • Tuesday 30 June, 10.30am to 1.00pm - Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham NR21 0LN

For more information or to book onto one of these sessions email, letting us know your name and which session you would like to attend. 

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