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SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power - parent information sessions 2020

Meeting Room 5,
2nd Floor,
Hackney Learning Trust,
1 Reading Lane (next to Hackney Town Hall),
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 7275 6036


The Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) is an arm's length service providing impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and young people and children with SEND.

Part of the support offered to parents and carers from this service is a regular series of Knowledge is Power information sessions that provide useful advice and insights into national and local processes.

Presentations are delivered sometimes with partners from other agencies. Topic specific sessions are an opportunity for parents and carers to hear about SEND processes their children or young people may be involved in. There are opportunities to ask questions and hear from other parents.

Dates and topics for the 2019 - 2020 Knowledge is Power programme can be found below.

Current session information flyer and timetable

Staff are encouraged to print off and display these in settings where parents can see the information. Parents and carers are encouraged to save the date for sessions that are of interest and relevance to them.  

Topic: Communicating with Your Child’s school

When: Wednesday - 29th April 2020 - 10am – 12pm

Delivered by: SENDIAGS

  • Building a positive relationship with your child’s school
  • Knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • Preparing for meetings with the school and other agencies
  • Features of effective communication
  • What makes a meeting effective?

Topic: Social Communication: Support in School

When: Wednesday - 20th May 2020 - 10am – 12pm

Delivered by: Esther Adelman CAMHS, Inclusion and Specialist Support Team

  • Autism support in schools (SCERTS)
  • Getting your child diagnosed – when and how to refer?
  • What happens during and after the assessment process?
  • What support is provided to parents, children and the school after a diagnosis is made?
  • What support is provided to parents, children and the school where a diagnosis is not made?
  • Does a diagnosis guarantee better support at school?
  • Is a diagnosis necessary for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment?

Topic: Secondary School Transfer - Moving on to Secondary School

When: Wednesday - 3rd June 2020 - 10am – 12pm

Delivered by: SENDIAGS, Simone Bowen and Bron Roberts from the Education, health and care Planning Team.


  • Understanding the application process
  • How many preferences do I have?
  • Key dates in the application process
  • What if you don’t get one of your preferred schools?
  • When can I visit schools?

Record Last Updated on: 06/01/2020

Time / Date Details

When is it on

10am - 12pm

Time of day


Session Information

Sessions take place on Wednesday mornings
Please check dates and topics above or in flyer

Other Details



Who is eligible?

Places are limited and booking is recommended. Contact SENDIAGS to book a place.

Phone: 0207 275 6036


Referral required?


What to do if you have a complaint

In the first instance please contact Head of Hackney SEND Information Advice & Guidance Service who will review and try to reslove your concern. 

Alternatively please use  Hackney Council - Complaints procedure. 

Tel: 020 8356 3770

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 388, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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