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IASM is Manchester’s Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They have gone through a number of name changes over the years and some of us may be used to calling them Parent Partnership or SENDIASS or simply IAS. They are now officially called IAS Manchester (IASM).

They can provide:

– Information on school admissions and appeals
– Information on school exclusion
– Information on disability discrimination
– Support meetings in relation to SEN and disability issues
– Advocacy in meetings
– Informal disagreement resolution and mediation between parents, schools and the Local Authority
– Information on formal disagreement resolution and mediation services
– Information on other avenues of support to the voluntary and community sector
– Information on Health and Social care and the SEND Local Offer
– Help to make parents’ voices heard to influence change and development of services

You can also find information about them at: www.iasmanchester.org

Below are some events and articles relating to Information, Advice and Support Manchester:

Virtual SEND Parent Drop-in

This virtual drop-in is happening in place of the monthly SEND Early Help Local Offer Drop-ins that normally happen on a rotating basis across the city. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the drop-ins will be done virtually until further notice. This virtual drop-in is for

Virtual Q&A with Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM)

Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM) is piloting a virtual Question-and-Answer session with parents and carers this autumn. The session will be hosted by Carl McGlone and will be held via Google Meet at 11am on Wednesday, 30 September. (The link will be sent to

By |2020-09-22T14:27:13+01:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: , |Tags: , , |

Q&A from the July Virtual Local Offer Drop-in

We asked participating organisations/teams in the last Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers. Below are the questions that parents asked at the July SEND Drop-in (click or

Information, Advice and Support Manchester’s (IASM) Working Practice

Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM) wants to find out if their new way of working during the coronavirus pandemic is suitable to families. Please answer the quick survey below (2 minutes) to help improve our local SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability IAS Service).

By |2020-09-04T15:37:19+01:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Information Sharing, Parent-Carer Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

New IASM Website

IASM, which is Manchester’s independent Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), has recently launched their new website. Their independent website has been co-produced with parents and carers, including consultations prior to start of development and a demo/review before

By |2020-08-11T17:22:11+01:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Information Sharing|Tags: , , , |

Success Story: Paperbag Sensory and Activity Packs

Back in early May, we shared an idea with some Manchester City Council partners about producing sensory kits for SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) families across the city. We thought of the project because we’ve heard that many families are having issues managing their

“Reasonable Endeavours” EHCP Law Change to End July 31

Last Monday, we learned of the unfortunate news that the change in the law for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in England has been extended by the Department for Education (DfE) until end of 31st July 2020. The changes mean that education and health

By |2020-07-02T18:32:47+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Manchester’s Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years

It's our pleasure to share with you the final draft of Manchester's Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years document, which describes the support, strategies and activities that are available in early years settings to young children with additional needs, without the need for a formal

Extension of Temporary Changes to EHCP Legislation

We previously shared with you information about the temporary changes to the law regarding Education Health and Care (EHC) plans during the Coronavirus pandemic, which was followed by a factsheet from Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM) explaining the changes in more detail. On Friday

By |2020-06-05T16:58:17+01:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Q&A from the May Virtual Local Offer Drop-in

We asked participating organisations/teams in last month's Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers. Below are the questions that parents asked at the May SEND Drop-in (click or