Newcastle City Council have developed a single service named The Local Offer where people with SEND, their families and those who work with them can access information about SEND services.
The new legislation asks local authorities to bring together information about education, health, care, training, employment, independent living and other important resources together for the first time.
They will be publishing this information on their website, through the Family Services Directory.
You can visit their website by copy and pasting the above addresses or using the link provided on the school’s website The website has a comprehensive list of all services and opportunities for young people with SEND and their families.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer has two key purposes: To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEND.
Education Health and Care Plans
An EHC Plan will replace current Statements of SEND and Learning Difficulty Assessments. The plan will be a legal document describing a young person’s needs, the provision to meet those needs and the suitable educational placement. Government have said that the Plan must be person centred, focusing on individual needs.
Planning for adulthood
We are in the process of gathering lots of advice and information about preparing for adulthood for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. You should see this information grow over the next year. You can see some useful information in the articles below.