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Woodlands School, Picklecombe Drive, off Tamerton Foliot Road, Whitleigh, PLYMOUTH PL6 5ES


01752 300101

Woodlands School

Creating Empowered Lives

PfA Parent Group


Devon Documents provided by Josie Hanson (Devon PfA Team)

 all about me.docxDownload
 PFA Full Information Pack_V2.pdfDownload
 Preparing for Adulthood Toolkit_Version2.docxDownload
 Who we are - PFA Team.docxDownload
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Cornwall Documents provided by Fiona McNamara (Social Care Transitions Team)

 Care Act Assessment and Eligiblity Explained.pdfDownload
 Transitions Needs Assessment List for carers.pdfDownload
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Health Information provided by Sally Meetham and Kath Ingram Community Learning Disability Team

 CLDT Leaflet final version 271021.pdfDownload
 Health Information.pdfDownload
 PCL leaflet- draft 10.06.2020.pdfDownload
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Currently, the Parent Meetings will take place on Zoom. Please sign up HERE to receive the link to the next meeting.

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News Blog

Joined by Health

Philip Hanrahan (Philip) on: News Blog

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's meeting. I would particularly like to extend a great big thank you to Sally and Kath from the Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Team. They provided a wealth of information which is on our Website page.

I will be in contact with the date of our next meeting. We are hoping to make this a 'careers fayre' type meeting with different providers providing information regarding their offers in both care and further education. This will be done over zoom so people can join at their leisure when convenient. 

Watch this space!


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September's Meeting

Philip Hanrahan (Philip) on: News Blog

Yesterday we held our 3rd , very successful, PfA Parents meeting online and I would like to extend our warmest thanks to Fiona McNamara from Cornwall’s Social Care Transition Team for the North and the East.

Fiona provided us with essential insight and information regarding their service and was able to answer some key questions from parents.

The information she has provided can be found in the links.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 25th November 2021 at 11am.

I hope to have representatives from health attend this meeting. 

Please also look out for the survey I will be sending soon to collect ideas and suggestions for future meeting agendas and possible speakers.

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Our second meeting!

Philip Hanrahan (Philip) on: News Blog

We successfully met as a group yesterday and were pleased to welcome the input from the three local authorities, Plymouth, Cornwall and Devon.

Can I extend our gratitude to Dominic Bourton (Plymouth), Sheila Burley (Cornwall) and Josie Hanson (Devon) for sharing a little about what they do and answering questions. The theme surrounding the work that they do was abundantly about communicating and the teams around our children, which is a great endorsement for the reasons we have these meetings.

Over the next few weeks I am hoping to ask representatives from social care (children’s/adults’) to attend the next meeting which is scheduled on Thursday 30th September 2021.

In the 'Resources' section are fantastic resources provided by Josie Hanson. Josie is a social worker from the Devon ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ Team. I think that you will agree that these resources will be very helpful for those who live in Devon, but there are also great toolkits for any child on their journey into adulthood. We will certainly be looking at these closely here at Woodlands School!  

We discussed how the group was aimed at the parents of those with EHCPs who are aged 14+, but wanted to stress to everyone that any parent can join the group to find out information regardless of EHCP status, as we are sensitive to the fact that some children don’t have one or are on their journey towards one. These children and young adults would benefit from the guidance being discussed. Please do not hesitate to advertise the group as widely as you can, as I do believe that the correct information and support at the right time for our students can be life changing.

If you do share, please include this link, as its really important people sign up for data and security reasons when we are inviting people to online forums:


Zoom links will only be sent to people on this mailing list.

I am also keen to explore any options for groups to join if there are any established parents forums that invites can be sent to. Please get in touch and we can look to extend our mailing lists.

Kind regards, Philip

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Our first meeting (20/05/2021) was a huge success!

Philip Hanrahan (Philip) on: News Blog

Good afternoon everyone,


First of all, thank you so much for those attending the parents’ meeting and in particular to Bob Burton (PIAS), Megan Kenneally-Stone (DIAS) and Denise Facey (SENDIAS) for their essential input.


One of our parents has kindly offered to begin a whatsapp group for parents to join and share, ask and contribute to. Please email pfaparentgroup@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk if you would like to be added to this group.  


Our next meeting will be 01/07/2021 at 11am. We hope to have a representative from each local authority attend and give a quick presentation followed by Q and As.


Thanks again for you time and please feel free to share this link with other parents and advertise, and I will send them the invite to the next meeting:






Megan Kenneally-Stone (Devon):










Bob Burton (Plymouth:


01752 258933  option one


Plymouth Information, Advice & Support for SEND (plymouthias.org.uk)


Denise Facey (Cornwall):


Home - SEND IASS - Cornwall (cornwallsendiass.org.uk)


The link to our next meeting will follow soon,



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