News and updates from Haringey Council's SEND team.
11 January 2023 
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Hello and Happy New Year!

Welcome to the January issue of the SEND newsletter - our first newsletter of 2023.

We have a whole host of exciting things planned this month, all as part of our ongoing commitment to improve services for children and young people with SEND and their families.

The Local Offer

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Everything in this newsletter can be found on our webpages and social media.

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We want to find out what you think of the new layout and design of the Haringey Local Offer website, which is constantly being updated.
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Christmas antics at The Brook School

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The Brook School had an action-packed end of term in which many special events took place...

Christmas lunch 
Their catering team, led by Fernanda Kutu, provided the whole of their inclusive community (over 800 people) with a traditional Christmas lunch that would have made Jamie Oliver proud. It was said to be ‘utterly scrumptious'.

Carols by Candellight
A Carols by Candlelight event took place with all sharing in the Christmas story, everyone experienced the smells and tastes of Christmas and enjoyed singing popular festive songs. Their African choir opened and closed the event, and world famous African drum master, Abbas, played for them too.

Christmas Fayre
The Brook School holds various charity events throughout the year, so that the children can make a contribution to their local community and global charities. In December, they held their Annual Craft Fayre in aid of the mental health charity Young Minds.  Classes worked hard to produce hand-crafted items and there was also an array of tempting edible treats. They were very well supported by parents, visitors and staff, and were able to raise £300 for the charity.

The Christmas Movie
Maria Preftitsi, The Brook’s Expressive Arts Lead, has worked with the children to create more than 12 movie projects in the past, producing at least 2 movies per academic year.

The aim of this movie project is to develop pupils’ communication, literacy, self-esteem, confidence and empathy. It also helps to raise their understanding of the world and awareness about sustainable development goals.

Often the theme of the movies has been 'traveling' the world, and pupils have learned to greet and introduce themselves in different foreign languages for their appearance in the movie. 

The Brook School’s latest ‘Christmas Movie’ saw pupils create their own soundtrack and sound effects too. Parts of this movie featured animations of pupils’ drawings.

This successful Christmas movie project witnessed the collaboration with 3 more schools, the SEND School, West Lea SEN in Enfield and Laholms SEN in Sweden. The script, filming and film compositions were completed at The Brook, with 2 short videos and 1 film composition created in Sweden. The Swedish school was one of their Erasmus+ partners.

The Brook’s movies have been awarded nationally, and internationally, by the British Council and eTwinning and they have invited, and collaborated, with many schools across the globe. 

All children now look forward to attending the movie premiere. The school will also organise a 'cinema day' with several viewings during the day for all classes, parents and visitors. The age group of the pupils involved ranged from 7 to 17 years old.

Autism seminar for parents/carers of children under 5 

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An Autism Seminar for parents/carers of children 5 years and under, with a recent diagnosis of autism, will be held on: 

Date: Tuesday 31 January
Time: 9.30 - 11.30am
Location: Woodside Children's Centre, 59 White Hart Lane N22 5SJ. 

The seminar will be held in person and will help families to:

  • Develop an understanding of autism
  • Discuss experiences of getting a diagnosis
  • Identify how autism can affect families
  • Explore practical ideas for developing communication strategies
  • Clarify support that families may be entitled to and ways to access it

“Having an autistic child is not easy to assimilate, but when I did this session and met lots of parents in the same situation as me, my feeling changed positively and I look at my son's situation in a more simple way.”

A quote from a parent who recently attended a family seminar programme.

Register your interest in attending the autism seminar

Open event for supported internships at Whittington Hospital 

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DFN Project SEARCH and Ambitious College are hosting an open event at the Whittington Hospital, giving members of the public an opportunity to learn about their exciting, supported internship programme.

The programme is designed to empower autistic young people, aged 16 - 25 with an Education and Health Care Plan, with the skills and confidence needed to find competitive full-time employment.

The programme is based at the Whittington Hospital, five days per week, with a variety of roles available, including administration, facilities, and hospitality.  
Graduates have made great strides, grown in confidence, and transformed their lives by working - just ask them!
Meet recent graduates, current interns and the team who manage the programme at the open event on:

Date: Wednesday 11 January
Time: 4 - 6pm
Location: The Whittington Hospital

If this event sounds interesting and relevant to you, or to someone you know, please contact to book your place. 

 Great Mental Health Day - Friday 27 January

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Haringey is celebrating the second Great Mental Health Day on Friday 27 January 2023.

Appreciating that 2022 remained challenging for many of us, Great Mental Health Day 2023 will celebrate the ‘power of community kindness’ and tell the story of how we’ve come together for one another across London.

The aim of the day is to get Londoners talking about mental health, destigmatise asking for help and raise awareness of the great support available.

With 2 weeks to go until the Great Mental Health Day (GMHD), the countdown is on! Plans are taking shape for what promises to be an action-packed day and there’s still time to get involved.

How do I get involved?
1. We’d love to hear from you – if you’re making plans for the day or have any questions, please get in touch. Want to plan a Great Mental Health Day event but not sure where to start? Thrive LDN have got some tips and easy, low cost suggestions.

2. Use the hashtag #GreatMentalHealth to share your own stories, experiences and plans for the day across all social media platforms.

3. Feature in the Haringey video campaign by sending us a 10 second clip sharing how you show kindness to others, find out how using the button below.
4. Pop along to a GMHD event on 27 January. The Haringey Council website has information about the events taking place in the borough as part of the day.


Guidance on how to record your Great Mental Health Day video

Help us to help people live independently in their homes through smart tech

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'Smart home' technology has huge potential to help people live longer in their own homes independently as they get older – or if they have other needs.  
The council is running a project to look at what kinds of smart technology are most useful when it comes to maintaining health and independence, but we need to talk to people to find out what works for them and what doesn’t. 
If you live in your own home (owned or rented) and need help living independently - or think you might do soon, we would like to hear from you.  
It’s really important that we hear from people who are not 'tech-savvy', so if you find technology daunting, please don’t be put off. If you are interested you can fill in this short form, or ask someone to fill it in for you. You can use the same form if you are the friend or carer of someone who is interested but can’t fill it in for themselves.  

What do you think of our Local Offer?

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Could you spare a few minutes to fill out a short online questionnaire on what you think of our Local Offer?

We are really keen to gather your thoughts on our Local Offer to ensure we give you the best possible experience of our service. The feedback you provide will be passed on to our Local Offer Steering Group for review and refinement purposes.

Also, this questionnaire gives you an opportunity to tell us what you think about the design, layout and contents of our monthly SEND Newsletter.

Tell us what you think of our Local Offer

SENDCO Drop-in sessions 

As advised in the recent SENCO Forum, we will continue to hold regular SENCO drop-ins with the SEND Team. 

Timeslots will be allocated for a 15 minute slot and SENCOs should use the following link to book, please ensure all relevant information is completed in advance of the meeting:
Current dates which are available can be found below, future dates will be communicated via the SEND Newsletter on a monthly basis.
  • 25 January 2023 (3-5pm)
  • 8 February 2023 (3-5pm)
  • 22 February 2023 (3-5pm)
  • 8 March 2023 (3-5pm)
  • 22 March 2023 (3-5pm)

Mailbox no longer in use

Please note, the email address is no longer in use. All correspondence, including requests for assessment and all Annual Review documents, must be sent to SEND Team 1, 2 or 3 depending on the Children and Young People (CYP) year group.  

The correct addresses are on the bottom of the revised Request for Assessment forms and Annual Review forms which are on our Local Offer website. 

Senior Mental Health Lead in Education Settings Training Fund

Please see directly below for information on the Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) training grants available to schools, colleges, and Local Authorities providing education and training.
Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) training

Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism 

The North Central London Integrated Care System is seeking experts by experience to deliver the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism to people who work within health and social care. 

There are three types of trainer:
  • Type 1: A subject expert with professional experience of learning disability/autism. This person will be the lead trainer. It could be someone with lived experience of autism/learning disability but does not have to be.
  • Type 2a: An expert with lived experience of learning disability. 
  • Type 2b: An expert with lived experience of autism. 
As a lead trainer (Type 1), you will have an in-depth understanding of learning disabilities and autism and are likely to have training experience. You will lead and support expert by experience co-trainers who will be autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

For all types of trainer, you must be able to talk in front of people, be a good listener, recognise feedback and understand what confidentiality means.

You can read more details as to what the role entails via the job specification.

If this appeals to you, and you would like to apply to be a trainer, and/or you would like more information, please email with the following information:
  • Name
  • Job title
  • Employer
  • Which “Trainer type” you are (i.e., Type 1, Type 2a, or Type 2b above).

Update from SEND Power - Haringey's SEND Parent Carer Forum

SEND Power in Haringey is open to all parents and carers of children and/or young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25.

If you’re a mum or dad or a carer of a child/young person with SEND, and you live in or receive services in Haringey, please join us to meet other families in a supportive and friendly environment, and to help make the collective parent carer voice strong in Haringey. 

It's free to join – you can sign up here. We have 166 parent/carer members and 13 associate members and are always happy to welcome more.

What we’ve been up to:

Haringey Community Expo 2022
We had a great time at Haringey Expo on Thursday 1 December 2022. The Expo showcased the wonderful work of various voluntary and community organisations and groups from across the borough. A big well done to Markfield which won two awards – 'Outstanding Community Organisation' and 'Inclusion and Equalities'! Disability Action Haringey and WAVE Café were highly commended for their work on Inclusion and Equalities – well done!

Our new newsletter
We are changing the way we communicate with our members! We’ve put together a newsletter, which we hope will be full of useful and informative information for parents/carers of children with SEND. If you are not already a member, do sign up to receive your copy along with all the other benefits of membership, sign up here.

Join us for upcoming SEND Power events:

Walk and Talk
Our monthly Walk and Talk in a different Haringey park - whatever the weather!
Date: Monday 6 February
Time: 11.30am
Location: Markfield Park (meeting point is in front of Markfield Community Centre).

We look forward to seeing you soon. Take care! 
Find out more about the Haringey SEND Parent Carer Forum

#ActuallyHaringey - the Autism Hub 

#ActuallyHaringey - The Autism Hub. This specialist autism-specific service host sessions and events, including:
  • lunchtime mindfulness sessions
  • Sanjuro Martial arts
  • afternoon social drop-in sessions
  • music making with George
  • Friday 'tea and chat' sessions
  • tapestry with Elliott and much more!
Visit our #Actually Haringey page for further information.
#ActuallyHaringey, Autism Hub's - January Activity Calender

Children’s Centre activities timetables 

Haringey has many children's centres. Services on offer include:
  • Child and family health services
  • A friendly place to play and learn
  • Meet other families and carers
  • Access to family friendly support services
  • Support on looking for work or training
  • Become a volunteer in the community
Find your local Children's Centre
Woodside Children's Centre - activity calender
Triangle Children's Centre Timetable - January to March
Woodside Children's Centre - Nurture SEND Stay and Play session

Local Offer SEND events page 

We now have a dedicated page for all SEND events.

For more SEND events visit our dedicated Local Offer events page
Check out our Things To Do page for ongoing activities for all ages


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The Haringey Special Educational Needs Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a free, confidential service for parents and carers. The service is commissioned by Haringey Council and provided by Markfield, an independent charity.

We provide parents of children and young people aged 0 to 25 with accurate, impartial information about SEND systems and processes, aiming to empower them to be actively and constructively engaged with education, health and social care services.

Telephone the SENDIASS helpline on 020 8802 2611.

Helpline times:
9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, plus extended hours in school term-times:
  • until 7pm on Wednesdays
  • until 6pm on Thursdays
If you cannot get through, please leave a short message and we will call you back.

Drop-in advice sessions 
Every Thursday 10am to 12 noon, in school term times, at the Markfield Community centre, Markfield Park, Markfield Rd, N15 4RB. For parents/carers and for young people with SEND. No need to book in advance, just turn up.

Meet with a SENDIASS adviser for help with navigating the SEN system (these 1:1 sessions are 20 mins and if longer time is needed, a further appointment will be booked).

SENDIASS drop-in advice sessions for parents - Spring 2023
Haringey SENDIASS advisers will be visiting children's centres to offer drop-in advice sessions for parents and carers.  During these sessions, a SENDIASS adviser will be at the children’s centre to meet in person with parents and carers to offer information, advice and support on all issues relating to special educational needs. These sessions are one-to-one and confidential.

There is no need to book in advance, just turn up:

Date: Friday 10 March
Location: Park Lane Children's Centre, N17 0HB
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 13 January / Friday 17 March
Location: Welbourne Children Centre, N15 4AE
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 20 January / Friday 24 March
Location: Woodside Children Centre, N22 5SJ
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 27 January
Location: Pembury Children Centre, N17 9XE
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 3 February
Location: Rowland Hill Children Centre, N17 7LT
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 10 February
Location: Triangle Children Centre, N15 6NU
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 24 February
Location: Broadwaters Children Centre, N17 6HE
Time: 9 - 10.30am

Date: Friday 3 March
Location: Woodland Park Children Centre, N15 3SD 
Time: 9 - 10.30am

SENDIASS runs a range of training sessions on various SEND-related topics every term, some in person and some online. Download our spring term schedule.

The SENDIASS service is hosting monthly face-to-face surgeries at Markfield with a manager from Haringey Council’s SEN Team, where parents can meet individually to discuss issues relating to: 
  • EHC needs assessments and EHC Plans
  • Local Authority processing of Annual Reviews of EHCPs
  • School/college placements for children with EHCPs
The surgeries are at the Markfield community centre in Tottenham N15 4RB (or alternatively via Zoom video link, if you prefer).

If you would like to request a surgery appointment with a Haringey Council SEN Team Manager please email:

Family Club drop-in
SENDIASS run a monthly Saturday drop-in session at the Markfield centre where parents, carers, children, and young people can get advice around SEND issues, as well as meet other families, have a shared lunch and a fun time playing in our huge adventure playground - with a trampoline, zip wire, slides, swings and arts and craft activities.

Date: On the second Saturday of the month, in school term-times.
Time: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Location: Markfield Centre, in Markfield Park, South Tottenham, N15 4RB.
Please note, there will be no Family Club in January or April, so spring dates are Saturday 11 February and Saturday 11 March.

Your voice, your feedback 

General service feedback
We would appreciate any feedback you have on the service we provide. Please use our dedicated SEND feedback form to tell us what you think about the Haringey SEND Service.

Newsletter feedback
This is your newsletter! Get involved by sharing your stories and events.
If you would like to suggest any changes to this newsletter, see additional information, and/or give feedback, please email

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SEND Service

020 8489 1913


SEND Statutory Assessment Teams

Useful Contacts

  • Alena Lerari - Statutory assessment Team Manager
    Phone: 020 8489 3267
  • Kathy Mahoney - Performance and Finance Manager
    Phone: 020 8489 4819

Transport Team

  • Vivienne Austin - Assistant Escort Team Co-ordinator
  • Phone: 020 8489 4376 
  • Ilhan Abdurrahmanoglu - Travel Buddy Co-ordinator
  • Phone: 020 8489 1729
  • Mathew Fisk - SEND Transport Manager
  • Phone: 020 8489 2729 
  • Kathleen Johnston - Charge Person
  • Phone: 020 8489 5692 
  • Ricky Morris - Transport Liaison Co-ordinator
  • 020 8489 6937 
  • Pembe Hippolyt - Escort Team Co-ordinator
  • Phone: 0208 489 5629


The Disabled Children's Team (DCT) including the Short Breaks Service

The DCT duty team office is open Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm (contact by telephone only). 

020 8489 3671 | 020 8489 3672

Emergency telephone number (out of hours):
020 8489 0000

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