What is the local offer?
It sets out the support available in the local area for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities (including those without an education, health and care (EHC) plan).
Local authorities (LAs) have a statutory duty to develop a local offer and publish it on their website.
This is so they can:
- Provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about available provision and how to access it
- Make sure the provision responds to local needs and aspirations
- This is done by involving the local community, children and young people with SEND, and service providers (including schools)
All schools must co-operate with the LA for its development and review of the local offer.
This is explained in chapter 4 of the SEND Code of Practice.
SENCOs should keep up to date with the local offer
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