What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
- The Children and Families Bill became statutory in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
School SEND Information Report
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- This utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet.
- Welcome to our School Offer (Special Educational Needs Information Report) which forms part of the Hertfordshire Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and/or disabilities.
- This report is updated annually in consultation with parents of children with SEND at our school and governors. Most recent review: November 2016
The code of Practice 2015 defines SEND
“A child or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.”
A pupil has SEN if their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.
The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties and Sensory and Physical Needs.
If a pupil’s progress is significantly slower than that of their peers, or fails to match their previous rate of progress despite high quality teaching targeted at specific areas of difficulty, it may be that the child has SEN. Information will be gathered, including the seeking of the views of the parents and the pupil, as well as form teachers and assessments.
There can be many reasons for learners “falling behind.” These may include absences, attending lots of different schools, difficulties with speaking English, or factors that distract them from learning. Schools understand that children who experience these barriers to learning are vulnerable. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.
If your child has Special Educational Needs or a disability, what can we at Creswick Primary & Nursery School offer you?
Please contact Mrs Smith, INCo/SENCo & Assistant Headteacher, if you have any queries on 01707 323038.
If your child has Special Educational Needs or a disability you can find support at DSPL - Developing Special Provision Locally. Click on the icon below.