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SEND - The Local Offer

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is the Local Offer?​

The Local Offer gives information and advice on what help is available for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability and their families.

See the Local Offer on the Family Service Directory

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have provided information and advice on the Local Offer. This helps identify what should be included in the Local Offer – and helps parents recognise if their local offer includes everything it should.

Read the CDC Local Offer briefing note (96kb pdf)

Local Offer – ​Telling you what is 'additional and different'

  • We will set out what services are available - universal and specialist for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25.
  • How to access services.
  • How services will work together.
  • How we will make sure that parents and carers have more choice and control over what services they receive.
  • Training for the new way of working that is available for everyone – we will train everyone together where the training is useful for everyone (professionals and parents).

What services will this include?

  • Suitable childcare
  • Leisure activities
  • Short breaks
  • Rochdale​ SEN​​Diass​
  • Dispute resolution services​​​
  • All schools – mainstream and special
  • The local authority's role and responsibility
  • Health services – universal and specialist

What will be included in the Edu​cation Local Offer?

  • A summary of the core provision expected of all schools and academies. There will be more detail in every schools own published SEN policy.
  • It will cover all aspects of school life – classroom, school day, after school activities and learning off site.
Local authority Schools – our arrangements for
Specialist advisory servicesTeaching and learning
Resourced provision in mainstream schoolsAssessing learning and wellbeing
Special schoolsAccess to the curriculum
Additional and different early years provisionHow we arrange for specialist expertise in school
Additional and different in schools and academiesHow we arrange for specialist expertise from outside school
​Additional and different in collegesHow we work in partnership with people who 'support' us and our pupils
Arrangements for supporting travelPastoral support
Social care services, including short breaksIntervention programmes that are additional to high quality classroom teaching for all pupils
Health services to support development and learningEquipment provided by schools
How we will monitor and evaluate the impact of the additional and different arrangements on progress and outcomes for childrenStaffing arrangements to promote 'access' (building; curriculum; information)
Where to find information and how to get support (what 'needs' support is intended for)More intensive engagement with parents and carers
What to do if you are not happy with a decision or with the service you receive – complaints and appeals​Monitoring  and evaluating the impact of the 'additional and different' arrangements – on progress and outcomes for pupils with SEN
Information about area wide arrangements to ensure Rochdale children and families receive the best – how education, health and social care will work together and with other partners such as housing and leisure services Equality Act 2010. Since Sept 2012, schools' duty to make reasonable adjustments has included the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This may have been considered special educational provision in the past but is now the responsibility of all schools, academies and other providers


01706 925981

SEN Assessment Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU