Sybourn Primary is a mainstream academy school where we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. This report uses the Local Authority (LA) Local Offer available to view at http://walthamforest.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk/kb5/walthamforest/fsd/localoffer.page  to meet the needs of pupils with additional needs in Sybourn Primary.

Quality teaching is vital: however for some children there are occasions when additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

Current Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information

Children and Families Bill 2014

The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill reforms the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.

The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill extends the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It has taken forward the reform programme that was set out in Governments Green Paper (2011) ‘Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’:

Implementing this process will mean:

    Ø  statements and learning difficulty assessments will gradually be replaced with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, which                       extends the rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offers families personal budgets so that they                           have more control over the support they need

    Ø  improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health                   authorities to work together

    Ø   local authorities will involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational                       needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This information sets out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.”

What does it do?

The Local Offer provides parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it lets parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across their local settings. The Local Offer Steering Group developed a number of questions for schools, and had trialled them with a small number of settings.

 These questions were devised in consultation with parents/carers and other agencies, which reflected their concerns and interests. Agencies, schools and colleges now have to provide information to parents and carers  through an ‘SEN Information Report’ to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.