From September 2014 all schools are required to publish a SEN Information Report on their website. This sets out in detail information about implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with SEN. It includes arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN. The information required is set out in the Special Educational Needs Regulations (Clause 65) and further guidance is contained in section 6.74 of the SEN Code of Practice 2014.
Also from September 2014 every Local Authority is required to publish information about services that are available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and /or disabilities, aged 0-25 years. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’. The Children and Families Act 2014 and SEN Code of Practice both specify that the Local Offer must be developed and reviewed in partnership with children and young people, parent carers, and local services. This is known as co-production. Parent carers from across the South East have co-produced 15 key questions they would like answered.
The Code of Practice states that information is easily accessible by young people and parent carers and is set out in clear straightforward language. As such these 15 questions have been used to write the local offer for Valentine Primary and incorporate both our duties towards the SEN Information Report and Local Offer in one publication.