Our Senco is Miss D Waddington

Birdsedge SEND Report 2019

Children and Families Bill 2013

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 will reform the systems for adoption, children who are looked after, family justice and special educational needs.

The Government is changing the system for children and young people with special education needs (SEN), including those who are disabled. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents / carers greater involvement in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by:

  • replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth-to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together.
  • requiring local authorities to 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.
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) to detail what local services are available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set 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.

The Kirklees framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents / carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. It will let parents / carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across local schools and colleges.

There are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents / carers and other agencies, which reflect their concerns and interests. These will be answered by services, schools and colleges to provide information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.

The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.
Kirklees Council is working with parents, carers, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer.
Schools have a duty to provide information about special educational needs that is accessible to pupils, parents and carers. We need to make sure this information is kept up to date.

The Kirklees Local Offer can be found at http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/local-offer/the-local-offer.aspx  

This is a work in progress. Kirklees Council and partners are working hard to create a Local Offer that includes links to all relevant information that Kirklees residents would find useful. If you have any suggestions for improvements or ideas about what might help you, contact localoffer@kirklees.gov.uk


If you have any questions please contact D Waddington at dwaddington@themast.co.uk

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