External Workshops, Events & Support

At William Byrd we know that our parents/carers sometimes need advice on how they can support their child with Special Educational Needs, or any other concerns that they may have regarding their child’s development. 

As a school we will always try our best to provide support and advice to our parents/carers, but we appreciate that there are more experienced and qualified professionals that you can access.

This is where we hope this information helps.

Keep checking this page regularly for updated information regarding events and workshops occurring within school and the local community, which you may find useful and beneficial for you and your child.

Summer Holiday Offers 2024

Dining Out

Click here to see where you could save money dining out this summer.

Days out in London

If you are in receipt of universal credit, over the summer holidays you will be able to visit places in London from as little as £1.00, for up to six members of your household. Some attractions, but not all, allow other benefits such as job seekers allowance, working tax credit, child tax credit, pension credit, employment support allowance and income support. Check the attractions website for details.

Some attractions also offer 50% of food with your tickets.

Click here for more information.

Hillingdon Mental Health Support Team - Self-Referral 

Hillingdon Mental Health Support Team are launching a self-referral route to our service; please find linked below our self-referral information leaflet and our self-referral form for pupils and parents at the school who will be able to self-refer to their service during the summer holidays.

Rise and Smile Summer Camp 

Hillingdon Summer Holiday Workshops 2024 

Learn Hillingdon – Wider Family Learning Summer Holiday Workshops 2024

Are you looking to keep the children engaged this summer break, then why not enrol onto some of our family workshops.

Sessions are for 1 adult with up to 2 children (Please see minimum age for the sessions).

UXB Summer Camp

Summer Holiday Camps 2024 

Summer Camp 2024 is only weeks away and Aktiva is once again hosting Holiday Camps at John Locke Academy, for parents and carers who need this facility.

Summer Holiday Camps Information Flyer 2024

PSD Funweeks Summer Camp

Outdoor Cinema 

HACS What's On 

Information and Engagement Event 

Pro Soccer Summer Camp 

Our Summer camps, conveniently located near our school, offer an excellent opportunity for children to stay active and engaged during the summer break. Each child will not only improve their football skills but also have the chance to earn a trophy for their efforts, creating lasting memories and a sense of achievement.

Summer Reading Challenge 

The Summer Reading Challenge's 'Marvellous Makers' theme celebrates  children's creativity - The Reading Agency

Join the Summer Reading Challenge 2024, Marvellous Makers, for free in all Hillingdon Libraries from Saturday 6 July. Children aged 4-11yrs are encouraged to borrow books throughout the summer and receive a Collector Folder and Stickers. Children who complete all four visits will receive a Medal* and Certificate plus entry into a prize draw with the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Don’t forget to check out our free events running across the library service this Summer both in branches and around the borough.

Join us for a fun, free, family day out at The Imagination Station at the Great Barn in Ruislip on Thursday 15 August.

  • Meet Inspector Canvass and Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Try out your skills with Ruislip Artists or at our samba workshop
  • Go green with our recycling team
  • Get fit with Better Leisure
  • Relax at Storytime

Or join Splats adventure 'Puss in Boots on Treasure Island' as Puss helps Jay beat Long John Silver's pirates to the treasure. With songs, puppetry, masks, circus, action and fun. For children aged 5+ and their families at Winston Churchill Theatre.

Summer Reading Challenge 2024 - Discover Hillingdon

*While stocks last

Mother Nature Science Summer Camp

Childhood Asthma - Free Online Workshops 

Pro Soccer Coaching 

Yiewsley and West Drayton Training Band 

SEND & Inclusion Conference for Parents & Carers 

Brilliant Parents Summer Term Support Programme 

Parent and Carer Support 

Futsal Sessions 

QPR Weekly Soccer Schools 

Hayes & Uxbridge Football Coaching Course 

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that, due to the huge success of our football courses over the last 24 years, we are following up the football coaching programme for the season starting in September 2023. The course will run for 12-14 weeks and the programme is for boys and girls aged between 4 and 12.

English Classes 

Sandgate Football Club 


We Make Footballers Slough! 

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce the launch of We Make Footballers Slough! Located at Langley Academy. Our coaching sessions cater to kids aged 4-12, regardless of their football abilities.

Here's why you should consider us:

1. Expert Coaching: Our experienced team fosters skill development, tactical understanding, and a passion for football in a supportive and positive environment.

2. All-Weather Training: We provide both indoor and outdoor facilities, ensuring year-round training comfort. In winter, we focus on skills in confined spaces, preparing kids for larger fields in summer.

3. Flexible Options: Busy schedule? No problem. We offer weekly training sessions and flexible block schedules, no long-term commitment needed.

4. Proven Success: Over 200 players have progressed to professional ranks through our program, showing the effectiveness of our approach.

Best of all, we're offering a FREE TRIAL SESSION that you can book on our website at https://www.wemakefootballers.com/slough or by phone. Let your child experience the excitement firsthand.

Join us at Langley Academy every Sunday and Monday, fitting your family's schedule seamlessly. Whether your child is a beginner or dreams of professional football, We Make Footballers Slough is the place to be.

Don't miss out on this opportunity. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us on 07440788105.

Warm regards,

WMF Slough

Irish Dance Classes 

QPR Weekly Soccer School 

Rugby Club 

Autistic and Non-Autistic Children Research 

Help with Holiday Childcare Costs  

Working families with children aged 0-11 years old (up to 16 years old if the child has a disability) can get help with their childcare costs through Tax-Free Childcare. With a Tax-Free Childcare account, families could save up to £2000 per child per year. Tax-Free Childcare can be used for approved childcare including holiday clubs, after school clubs and childminders.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply: Get Tax-Free Childcare: step by step - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The PSD Football Academy

Swimming Sessions 

Listening Ear Service 

Just a reminder about our Listening Ear Service.  The service is available to any family across the UK and we offer appointments on a Saturday morning too.

We have a video of Shona, our Senior Parent Advisor, talking about the service https://youtu.be/aClU6tRspRI and Noreen and Michele have made a podcast What is Contact's Listening Ear service? by The helpful podcast for families with disabled children • A podcast on Anchor – please feel free to share and promote.

Families can book an appointment by following this link to our website https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/listening-ear/ then register on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/contact-for-families-with-disabled-children-30452924652 - we have daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

Free help, advice and urgent mental health support for children, young people and families 

Every NHS mental health trust in London has put these in place, so children, young people and their families can get help quickly when they need it. The crisis lines are supported by trained mental health practitioners, who can offer advice and signpost other sources of support as needed.

Please click here for a brief information pack with details of these crisis lines as well as other support available

HIllingdon Family support Services (Stronger Families) 

Please click here for information about family support available from Stronger Families.

Hillingdon Brilliant Parents 

We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow/like our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support 

Click on the button below to view information from the Centre for ADHD and Autism Support (CAAS) who are offering a workshop for those of you with year 6 children. Details on how to book onto the workshop are within the flyer.

Hillingdon Children's Integrated Therapy Service 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer, where you can access Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists.

You can keep up to date with Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays across social media:

If you have any questions, please contact 01895 488 200 or email citsadmin.cnwl@nhs.net.  

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Affordable Sensory Equipment 

Dear parents/carers,

In response to parents nationwide, the Caudwell Children charity are providing affordable sensory equipment through their "Get Sensory Packs" scheme

Sensory Packs

Parents/carers are required to pay £20 to cover 20%. Eligibility criteria is provided in the above link.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support Digital Offer 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to view details of what's digitally on offer, in terms of support service and education during COVID-19 lockdown.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon - COVID-19 update 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to read the letter from Vikram Hansrani, Assistant Director for SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon. The letter is a direct communication to you as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent temporary amendment to legislation. The document ends with a useful Frequently Asked Questions section, but please reply if you have further questions or uncertainties and we will forward these to the SEND & Inclusion team.

Best wishes and stay safe.
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service Resources 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see below for some very useful links and book listings circulated by our Education Psychology Service, to encourage and assist you with conversations with your children and young people at this time.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Resources for Schools and Parents

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations. We have therefore started to compile a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks.

American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)

Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies

BBC: How to protect your mental health

CBBC: Video and Questions

ChildMind: Talking to Children

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children

National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources

Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus


Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).

Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions. 

What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.

How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.

The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.

A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).

To find out more information on Hillingdon EPS Service, visit our EPS Local Offer page: click here

British Dyslexia Association 

Dear parents/carers,

The subject of dyslexia has been raised by a parent, so we thought we would share some useful information with you all. 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) uses the Rose (2009) definition for dyslexia - "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling". People with dyslexia process information in a different way. The website says that 10% of the population are believed to be dyslexic and that a child can only be diagnosed with dyslexia through a diagnostic assessment but these are usually only carried out from 7 years old.

The BDA website can be accessed here:

Please watch this 3 minute video, because it is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.


BDA advice


National Disabled Identification (DID) Card 

Dear parents/carers,

One of our members kindly wrote to us with the below link to share with you all:


The National Disabled Identification (DID) Card was introduced in response to disabled people posting comments in a number of social media sites that they were getting tired of constantly having to carry their paperwork proving they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

Not every disability is visible. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs, whose children's disability is not immediately obvious, such as autism, global developmental delay and other disabilities, find it hard to explain their disability, especially if the children present may be unaware that they have a disability.

Disabled individuals often do not want to request or highlight the fact they have a disability when they would be entitled to concessionary rates. There can be stigma attached to requesting disabled rates. Hopefully, this card is beneficial to you.

Autism Alert Card and Passport Scheme 

Dear Hillingdon Parents & Carers

An Autism alert card and passport scheme, has been introduced across London, as a result of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police. It has been developed following extensive consultations with individuals with autism and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards, and supported by the National Police Autism Association.

The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments and interact with the individual appropriately. The larger passports will include the same information and can be carried in bags or rucksacks for the individual to produce when required.

For further reading, please use this link: Launch of Autism Alert Cards

To receive your own card & passport, please send your full postal address in an email to: Autism@met.police.uk

Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) 

We have been asked to spread awareness about the following website, Hillingdon Talks: Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

You can access information about the three specialist SALT teams (Early Years, Mainstream, Hearing Impairment), including making a referral. Three teams but one service!

Please take a look at what the teams can offer, and to access information and support. We hope all our parents/carers make full use of this service.