Information for Parents
Please find information for parents and carers of TCES pupils below, including our term dates, school uniform guide, and some useful links to support organisations.
Term Dates and parent calendar
TCES term dates for academic year 2020/21
Term dates are applicable across all TCES schools and services.
Autumn Term 2020/21
- Pupil induction day: 2 September 2020
- First half of term: 3 September 2020 to 22 October 2020
- INSET day: 23 October 2020
- Half term holiday: 26 October 2020 to 30 October 2020
- Second half of term: 2 November 2020 to 17 December 2020
- INSET day: 18 December 2020
- Christmas holiday: 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021
Spring Term 2020/21
- INSET day: 4 January 2021
- Pupil induction day: 5 January 2021
- First half of term: 6 January 2021 to 11 February 2021
- INSET day: 12 February 2021
- Half term holiday: 15 February 2021 to 19 February 2021
- Second half of term: 22 February 2021 to 31 March 2021
- INSET day: 19 March 2021
- Easter holiday: 1 April 2021 to 16 April 2021
Summer Term 2020/21
- INSET day: 19 April 2021
- Pupil induction day: 20 April 2021
- First half of term: 21 April 2021 to 27 May 2021
- INSET day: 28 May 2021
- Half term holiday: 31 May 2021 to 4 June 2021
- Second half of term: 7 June 2021 to 22 July 2021
- INSET day: 23 July 2021
Please note that INSET days on Fridays count as half a day only.
If you would like a physical copy of our parent calendar, please download and print a copy for personal use by clicking below.
For any enquiries involving your child’s school uniform, please contact your school administrator.
standard school uniform
- Black blazer with school badge*
- School tie (optional)*
- Dark grey jumper with school badge*
- White polo shirt with school badge*
- Black trousers (no jeans/combat trousers/leggings)
- Plain black school shoes (no trainers)
- Black socks
- Plain bag
* – provided by the school
Physical Education (PE) kit
- Blue T-shirt with school badge*
- Plain blue or black PE shorts (no logos or stripes)
- Plain blue or black jogging bottoms (no logos or stripes)
- Non-marking trainers
(Please note: these may get dirty or damaged due to the nature of the activities, so we advise no expensive trainers to be worn for PE)
* – provided by the school
Physical Education is a compulsory part of the school timetable. All students are expected to take part in the lessons, in correct sports attire. Exceptions will only be made if the school is informed by a parent/carer that their child is unable to participate.
This is an online social network for people with autism and their families. This is the place to meet new people, make friends and find support within the autism community.
If you are the parent or carer of a child at school and you would like to speak to an adviser you can call our free confidential telephone advice line on 0300 0115 142.
Calls to the ACE advice line usually cost the same as calling a standard landline number – even from a mobile. 0300 numbers are often included in any inclusive call minute packages offered by phone operators. You should check with your own provider to be sure.
Normal opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Term time only.
Booklets on education, exclusions and bullying are also available for a small fee.
We operate two limited intensive support telephone lines for complex matters and clarifying questions. One for family and child law calls and one for education law calls.
If you are calling about family or child law the number is 0300 330 5480.
If you are calling about education law, the number is 0300 330 5485.
Visit the website for information on calling costs.
Telephone advice for parents of children who are involved with or need social care services, provided by Family Rights Group.
Call the helpine on 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm) or email email@example.com for more information.
Parenting teenagers can be an enjoyable experience with a little bit of preparation and we offer a wealth of information on the different issues you might face.
- Truancy and your responsibilities
- Information on exclusion
- Information on bullying
- Information on Special Educational Needs
Information on internet safety.
This charity offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
Online Instant Messaging service for parents of teenagers, relationship support and family support, provided by Relate.
The Lone Parent Helpline (0808 801 0323) provides support and advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, moving into work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Your call is free of charge from any UK landline or mobile. (Available Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm).
Netmums’ Drop-In Clinic is a dedicated space in our forum where you can ask questions – at any time – to be answered by our team of Parent Supporters (see more about the Netmums Parent Supporters team below).
Parent to Parent is a UK-wide confidential telephone service (0808 800 4106) providing emotional support to parents and carers of autistic children and adults. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who offer telephone support from their own homes. The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the UK, so parents don’t have to share information with someone in their local area.
You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. Alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form.
This site is an information site for anyone who is raising children on their own, whether through relationship breakup, illness, bereavement, work commitments or choice. It is run by Single Parent Action Network, a campaigning organisation working to make sure that your stories and your questions about single parenting are an important part of the social and political agenda.
There is an increasing recognition that for some people, gender is a spectrum, and that people may express themselves in many different ways, as being at one end or the other, for example male or female, or in the middle (non-binary). For others, where they are on this spectrum may change or fluctuate at different times. People who identify as non-binary may also refer to themselves as ‘gender fluid’, or ‘gender queer’).
If your child is struggling with their gender or thinks they are transgender, here some advice and information on what you can do and where you can get help.
Support for Parents
Below are the links and contact details for support organisations for parents:
Advisory Centre for Education
- Tel: 0808 800 5793
AFASIC – Overcoming Speech Impairments
British Dyslexia Association
- Tel: 0118 966 2677
- Tel: 020 7608 8700
- Helpline 0808 808 3555
DIAL UK (Disability Information Advice Line)
- Tel: 01302 310123
Disability Law Service
- Tel: 020 7791 9800
Down’s Syndrome Association
- Tel: 020 8682 4001
Down’s Syndrome Reseach Foundation
- Tel: 01494 521826
- Tel: 0808 800 5050
Foundation for Conductive Education
- Tel: 0121 449 1569
IASS Network (formerly National Parent Partnership Network)
- Tel: 0845 225 4071
- Advice Line: 0800 0184016 or 01394 382814
- Tel: 020 7454 0454
- 0808 801 0400
- Tel: 020 8519 2122
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
- Tel: 020 7833 2181
National Autistic Society
- Tel: 020 7833 2299
- Helpline: 08445 070 400
National Deaf Children’s Society
- Tel: 020 7490 8656
- Tel: 01279 647415
Parents for Inclusion
- Tel: 020 7735 7735
Pre-School Learning Alliance
- Tel: 020 7833 0991
Royal Association for Disability & Rehabilitation (RADAR)
- Tel: 020 7250 0123
Royal National Institute for the Blind
- Tel: 020 7388 1266
Royal National Institute for the Deaf
- Tel: 020 7296 8000
- Tel: 020 7272 7774
Shine (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)
- Tel: 01733 555988
Special Education Consortium
- Tel: 020 7843 6000
- Tel: 0117 989 7725
- Tel: 0870 241 2555 (for SEN)
- Tel: 0870 606 5750 (for Disability)