The local offer: SEND Code of Practice (2014)
You may be aware that from September 2014, the new SEN Code of Practice came into force. As a result of this, there were some changes to the way schools and local authorities ensure that the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are met.
What does this mean to me?
From September 2014, all local authorities and schools must publish information, about the services they expect to be available in their area or school for children and young people aged 0 – 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This is known as the “local offer”.
The development of a local offer is one of a number of changes to the way children and young people with SEND are supported as a result of the Children and Families Act. Schools also publish an annual Special Educational Needs Information Report, which will outline what individual schools are able to offer in order to support children and families with SEND.
To view Cambridgeshire’s local offer click Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer.
The two key purposes of the local offer are to:
What does the local offer cover?
The local offer will include information about health and social care services, education, leisure activities and support groups in the area for children and young people aged
0 – 25 with SEND and their families.
There will be information about:
Why is the local offer important?
The local offer will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services and support that are available in their local area and understand how to access them.
However if you require additional information, please contact the school office to arrange to speak with Mrs Casey our SEND Co-ordinator or email her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also published our SEND Policy below for your information.
The Parent Partnership Service offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs.