The Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (2014)
A new duty in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice is being placed on Local Authorities from September 2014 and this is being referred to as the ‘Local Offer’. This means that Local Authorities must publish, in one place, information about provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 years of age who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
The Local Offer must include both local provision and provision outside the area that the local authority expects is likely to be used by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities for whom they are responsible.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
- To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities available.
- To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and service providers.
The Local Offer forms a significant part of the new SEN Code of Practice and focusses on statutory duties for local authorities. The Local Offer is what goes on every day to support children and young people with SEN and how we ensure quality around this. This includes what we expect to be available in schools, colleges and other educational provision.
This Statement sets out, the responsibilities of the school, Governors and the Local Authority for meeting the needs of pupils and their parents/carers who have been identified as having Special Educational/Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
By law, the Local Authority has to publish the arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and further details are available in the Local Authority Local Offer (please see below for a link to the Local Offer). All school receive funding in their budget to allow them to provide for pupils with SEN, and have the freedom to make the necessary arrangements using existing staff, or look for advice and support from outside the school. When a child has a special need, the school and its Governing body is required to fulfil the requirements set out in the Children and Families Bill 2014 (a link to the bill is below).
Outlined in the next few pages are the types of things we do to support all of our children with additional needs as well as targeted types of support that we are able to provide in relation to specific areas of SEN. The information is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.
If you would like further information about the support that Throckley Primary can offer, please contact our Inclusion Manager, Mrs Julia Brown, by phone on 0191 2675311.
Our vision statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our pupils with additional learning needs. This document gives families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to achieve their potential. We provide a full range of educational and pastoral support to all and our pupils with SEN make very good progress. The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.
There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:
- They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
- They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
- They have emotional or mental health difficulties.
- They have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
- They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example visual impairment.
Contacts and Other Information
SEND team in Throckley Primary School
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) – Ms Liz Wright (NASC qualification awarded November 2020)
SEND Team / Inclusion Manger – Julia Brown
To contact any member of the team please ring the school office 0191 267 5311
Children and Families Act 2014
SEND Code of Practice
Northeast Special Needs Network (supports families with disabled children/young people from birth to 25 years).
Northeast Special Needs Network
Northern Counties Site
Newcastle upon Tyne
Admin: 0191 2812485
Family Advice Workers: 0191 2812255
Parent Partnership Service
Parents can contact their local Parent Partnership Service for impartial information, advice and support in relation to their child’s SEN and/or disability.
Phone: 0191 2840480
The National Autistic Society
Phone: 0808 800 4104 (open 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday – Friday)
Text: 07903 200 200
Newcastle Families Information Service