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February 2024

LGBTQ+ History Month resources for the SEND community

February marks LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer) History Month in the UK. This month-long observance celebrates the lives, history and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.

We’ve collected a list of resources and organisations at the intersection of LGBTQ+, special needs and disabilities to support schools, parents/carers and young people.

SEND Service Transformation Journeyimage of Haringey borough with the text: SEND Service Transformation Journey

Explore our SEND system's progress in improving outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Haringey. 
Hear from leaders across Children Services, the SEND Power parent carer forum, young people and educators at Haringey Learning Partnerships (HLP) as they share insights into our transformation journey.
From establishing a parent carer forum to developing a youth forum for young people with SEND, learn about our collaborative efforts of co-production and improved outcomes.

January 2024

Haringey youth: creativity and entrepreneurship at Rising Green Youth Hub

Rising Green Youth Hub in Wood Green recently hosted the 'Find your FLAARE: Entrepreneurship 101 Programme' – a 12-week initiative in collaboration with FLAARE and the UK dessert brand, Pleese.

Inclusive Martial Arts: Elevated Youth's Journey to Bruce Grove Youth Hub

Last month, members of Elevated Youth Haringey undertook a journey from their usual meeting spot at Rising Green Youth Hub to Bruce Grove Youth Club. Their purpose was to explore the club's weekly free Sanjuro Martial Arts session tailored for young people with disabilities.

December 2023

Youth Takeover Day 2023: Championing Young Voices

Zak as mayor with Cllr Lester BuxtonYoung people stepped into the roles of the Leader of the Council, Chief Executive, Mayor, Director of Children's Services and our Head of SEND!


Jake's journey with Haringey Works

young person smilingNadir Alvis, the Specialist Employment Advisor at Haringey Works, is dedicated to supporting young people with learning difficulties and autism in securing meaningful employment and opportunities that aligns with their individual goals. 

Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting Jake, who shared his experience with Nadir's service, which helped him land a volunteer opportunity with the London Zoo! 

November 2023

Talented Artist Sofia Andrade Marin Brightens Rising Green Youth Hub

Sofia is the newest member of Elevated Youth Haringey, our youth panel for young people with SEND, and she is a gifted artist.

The panel gathers once a month and Sofia decided to liven up their meeting room by generously donating one of her art pieces of Amy Winehouse.

Youth Panel's inspiring visit to Alexandra Palace's 'Living with' exhibition

Our latest panel meeting paid a visit to the 'Living with' exhibition at Alexandra Palace, a collection of diverse family and friendship portraits by photographer Kristina Varaksina.

While there we had the chance to meet the exhibition's organisers and get our photos taken.

Successful SEND Pathways to Employment Event: Accessible Opportunities for Youth

Last month, on 11 October 2023, we hosted our annual SEND Pathways to Employment event at Haringey Sixth Form College.

Various established providers of disability-specific employment programmes had booths at the event, offering young people the chance to learn about their schemes and how to access them.

Listening to parents: insights from the housing-themed SEND event

image of Haringey borough from Alexander PalaceCabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Zena Brabazon and SEND Power co-host SEND Engagement Events termly, with the most recent event focused on housing.

October 2023

Elevated Youth Haringey at Markfield: Exploring a Youth Social Club

 Andrew, one of our panel members, went on an adventure to the Markfield Project to experience their 'All for One' club.

Elevated Youth blossoms with artistic contribution to Haringey Feast

Elevated Youth recently contributed to the Haringey Feast during their last panel meeting, with the guidance of local artist Siân Dorman from PLASTIQUE.

September 2023

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Meet Zakariya Ahmed, Our Youngest Member of the SEND Youth Panel

Zakariya Ahmed, the youngest member of our youth forum for young people with SEND. Zak shares his passion for cricket and finding a sense of belonging at North Middlesex Cricket Club.

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The sky is the limit with Elevated Youth Haringey

Elevated Youth Haringey set out to test the boundaries of what young people with SEND can achieve, ultimately discovering that such boundaries do not exist.

August 2023

Empowering children through art at The Brook Special Primary School

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Maria Preftitsi, the Expressive Arts Lead at The Brook Special Primary School on Broadwater Farm, recently oversaw an inspiring movie production project involving pupils. 

Showcasing Wood Green's hidden gems with Danielle from Elevated Youth Haringey

image of young person holding a book with the text, Shaping Wood GreenAt the Shaping Wood Green launch event, an exhibition that showcased photos of Wood Green's hidden gems featured many of Danielle's remarkable photographs!

Ciara of Elevated Youth Haringey shares her journey with Autism

image of young person smiling with Ann Graham, the Director of Children's ServicesCiara openly shared her experiences as a young person navigating life with autism at a recent SEND event.

July 2023

Elevated Youth film review

image of movie theatre seats and a screenAs part of Elevated Youth's 'What to do in Haringey' series, the group visited 2 Haringey theatres to watch 2 different films.

June 2023

Zach, first young person to join SEND Executive Board

Image of young person smilingZach Opere-Onguende has become the first young person to join the SEND Executive Board, an influential body responsible for shaping the direction and design of SEND services.

Danielle's journey with Elevated Youth Haringey

image of young person looking into a camera lensDanielle, the newest Elevated Youth Haringey panel member, recently participated in a youth photography workshop through the Shaping Wood Green programme. 

Transport team update

Application deadline for Haringey school travel assistance is 16 June 2023.

An important update from your school travel assistance team:

April 2023 

DfE invests in our SEND service

The Department for Education (DfE) invited Haringey Council to participate in its Safety Valve intervention programme, a national scheme designed to assist local authorities in tackling overspending expenditures for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

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Meet Karen Douglas, the new Youth Voice and Participation Coordinator in the Early Help and Prevention and SEND Division. 

October 2022

SEND School Story - Haringey Learning Partnership in Paris

Read about Haringey Learning Partnerships' exciting trip to Disneyland Paris.

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September 2022

SEND School Story - Amazing Outcomes in Alternative Provision 

Read about the amazing achievements for students at the Haringey Learning Partnership.

SEND School Story - Tiverton Primary School

Read about the Tiverton Primary School.

SEND School Story - The Brook Special Primary School Class of 2022

Read about the celebrations for The Brook Special Primary School Class of 2022.

Hello from Eveleen Riordan

Meet Eveleen Riordan, Assistant Director for Schools and Learning in Haringey.

August 2022

SEND School Story - Rhyming Rosen Opens Library at Stroud Green Primary

Read about the opening for the new library at Stroud Green Primary with special guest, Michael Rosen.

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SEND School Story - A visit to Jaimie's Farm

Read about the students' experience at Jaimie's farm.

July 2022

Hello from Andrew Ralephata

Meet Andrew Ralephata, Designated Clinical Officer for Haringey SEND.

SEND School story - Heartlands High School

Read more about Heartlands High School.

Woodside High School

Read more about Woodside High School.

Update from The Grove School 

Read more about the achievements at The Grove School.

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June 2022

SEND School story - Pembury House

Learn more about Pembury House and how they use the Gina Davies’ Attention Autism approach.

Hello from Emily Bolland

Meet Emily Bolland, Designated medical officer.

May 2022

Hello from Lucy Edwards 

Meet Lucy Edwards, Specialist Employment Advisor.

April 2022

Haringey Heroes Awards 2022

SEND Team 2 Leader Traci Pope received an award from the mayor for her outstanding contribution to supporting children and young people with SEND in Haringey.

March 2022

Autism Acceptance Week - Supported Internships 

This World Autism Acceptance Week, why not take up a supported internship?

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February 2022

What is the Local Offer? 

A question we get asked frequently is: what is the Local Offer?

Update from Mary Jarrett

We caught up with the Head of Service, Integrated SEND Early Help, Prevention and SEND Division, Mary Jarrett, who has given us an update on all things SEND.

A message from Cllr Brabazon

Hear directly from Cllr Brabazon about all the great things happening in SEND.

Meet Ellika McAuley 

Say hello to our SEND Adviser for Early Intervention and Inclusion, Ellika McAuley.

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Page last updated:

February 13, 2024