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News and information from Dorset Council about services for children & young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
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Introducing Theresa Leavy - interim Director for People - Children
As you may already know, Sarah Parker made a personal decision to resign from Dorset Council earlier this month. Theresa Leavy, who has been working closely with Sarah Parker in recent months, has taken on the role of interim executive director.  
Theresa has written a personal message to introduce herself to Dorset families. 
Read Theresa's message
Activities for the festive season and new year!

Artz and Sportz provide school holiday arts and sports events for disabled children and young people aged 5 to 18 and their families.
This year's Christmas events include a family fun day at Farmer Palmers and a New Year's party. Booking for Christmas events closes by the end of tomorrow (Thursday 19 December), so book now if you're interested!
Too late for Christmas? You can book events for February half term, including a craft session to make a dragon mask, winter hike and campfire, trampolining, archery and much more!

Artz and Sportz events
Together, let's improve SEND travel 

We know that the way your child gets to and from school is really important and has a massive impact on your day-to-day life. Many of you have told us that SEND travel needs to improve and we’d like to work with you to do this.
 
We’d like to start by inviting you to an event in January where you can share your experiences of SEND school transport in Dorset. We’re particularly interested in hearing from families with current (or very recent) experience of SEND transport. We’ll be asking:
•    what’s working well and what’s not working so well for your family
•    what you expect from us
•    what you’d like to see in the future
•    what can be improved and how we might do that 
 
We’re also going to talk about ways you might like to get involved, as we want to improve the system together.
 
The event will place on Tuesday, 14 January, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at South Walks House, Dorchester. If you'd like to attend, please book a place. If you can’t make that date, but would still like to get involved, email Thomas Fowler, Project Manager: thomas.fowler@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Book your place
Do you have any questions or comments?  Email sendnews@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk


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