We understand that talking to many different services about your child's needs can be very confusing. To help we have put together a list of acronyms on our Glossary
10.11.2017 - Our 2017 Annual Report is here!
Please take a look at our Local Offer 2017 Report to find out what changes we have made to the site, what we have planned and some figures. This was out together based on the information we have gathered since owning the Local offer from April 2017.
06.11.2017- Consultation: Improving Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Derby City Council has developed proposals to improve provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Following very careful consideration and initial consultation with headteachers, parent representatives and SEND partners, proposals have been developed which include:
- Updating Enhanced Resource School and Special School Placement Criteria.
- A fresh look at specialist provision to ensure it is relevant to current needs of children and young people in Derby.
- Improving SEND pupil pathways and alignment between infant, junior and secondary Enhanced Resource School placements.
- Developing an Early Years Inclusion Fund for all Early Years providers as a single source of funding to support the inclusion of children with SEND.
- Capital investment to add and improve Enhanced Resource School provision at some schools.
- Updating Derby's Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Funding Bands so that the methodology for allocating SEND funding to schools reflects the proposed new placement criteria.
There are no proposals to reduce overall funding for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The proposals will not affect pupils already on roll at Special Schools or Enhanced Resource Schools. The proposed changes, if approved, will apply to new placements made from September 2018 onwards.
We are very interested to hear your views. If you would like complete the questionnaire online or read the SEND Consultation Document please go to www.derby.gov.uk/SENDconsult
31.10.2017 - Find us on Facebook!
You can now like and follow us directly on Facebook. No need to miss out on any top news any longer, follow us now and keep up to date.
30.10.2017 - Where you can find us next
The Local Offer team are due to attend St Clares School for the Derby National Autistic Society support group on the 23rd November, 7pm until 9pm. Keep checking this page for more updates on where we will be. If you want us to come and talk at your support group, school or college please use the contact details at the bottom of the page.
10.10.2017 - 'Parent Carers Together' Supporting the Local Offer
The Local Offer team are currently meeting regularly with the newly reformed Parent Carer's Together. These meetings are a chance for the forum and parent/carers they have spoken with to give their feedback to develop the Local Offer accordingly. Don't forget you can give your Local Offer feedback at anytime using the feedback forms.
09.10.2017 - Derby College Information Evenings
Derby College are holding information evenings in 2017/2018 including Joseph Wright Campus, Broomfield Hall Campus, The Roundhouse Campus and the Ilkeston Campus.
Interested in going to Derby College next year? Then click here to see more information about their Information Evening events and which campus can offer you the courses you want to do.
01.10.2017 - Contact A Family Re-branded
Contact a Family has been working with families of disabled children to develop a new look designed to extend its appeal to young families; make its information and online presence more accessible; and bolster the support it provides to families
The new brand is complete and is now known simply as Contact.
Contact’s new website address is www.contact.org.uk
August 2017 - 'What Works' Research Reports
The Department has now published four research reports relating to SEND.
Three of these come from the DfE-funded ‘What Works’ project, which looked at SEN support for pupils in mainstream schools and colleges. The fourth looks at the wellbeing of secondary school pupils with SEN. The reports can be downloaded below:
This section shows you the feedback we have been given and where we are at with making the changes. Not all feedback points are listed (it would take up too much space) we will be putting all points in our latest report shortly.
- Lots of you told us that the Local Offer is not advertised enough. In the Autumn term we are able to roll out new promotional items, connect with schools/colleges and early years placements to promote the Local Offer with posters and other media.
- You said that finding numbers for the VLS team is hard. We have put all current numbers on our EHCP page for you.
- You said having a page where lots of updates can be held would be useful. The page should also have simple documents to make things clearer. We have created this page for you - this is it! Is this missing something? Let us know.
- You said, it's often confusing when profesionals shorten words into acronyms; e.g. ASD, SENDIASS, VLS, SENCO, EP etc. We agree! After speaking to lots of you, we have put together a list that covers many of these terms. The document is called 'glossary' and you can find it at the bottom of this page in the downloads section, we hope it helps but if you think more is needed, let us know.
- You told us that the 'Early Years SEND page' title can be confusing and mean various things. We have changed the page name to 'Early Years 0-5'. This should make it clearer that the information is for childcare and early years rather than 'early years of diagnosis'
- You said the local offer is confusing and there is too much information on there to find. We know the site can be tricky to use, we are working closely with the computer team to see if we can change the site layout so information can be found in less clicks - thanks for being patient with this!
- You said using the directories (that's the part where you search for services) can bring up limited results. We take that on board and have been very recently trained on how to design the 'routes' which is where you make your selection of what you're searching for. Expect this to improve early Autumn.
- Young people told us that for them to use the Local Offer it needs to be more interesting. We have and are still adding more videos, short easy read documents and pictures to help with this. We are working with other services to get as many easy read documents as possible so the 'preparing for adulthood' page can be transformed.
September and October Feedback
- You asked for a more understandable name on the Preparing for Adulthood' page. We have now called the page 'Becoming an Adult and Preparing for the Future'. We hope this makes more sense, the page contains lots of easy read documents on it.
- here were too many services listed on the adulthood page. We have removed the listed services and put them on the directories instead where they can be found by name or the type of service they are. The page now hold information on how to find services and documents with further details
- You asked for easy read guides rather than pages of text. The page now holds many easy read guides for housing options, human rights, looking for work if you have a disability, post 16 support, Information Advice and Support services, banking and chores.
- You said money and independent living was most important to you. We have added a budget calculator, guide to banking and a glossary of banking terms to the 'Becoming an Adult and Preparing for the Future page'.
- You said our Local-Offer-Postcard does not explain what it is. We have created a new strapline on our postcard, included a more concise description of the service, rebranded the colours of the card and reworked the icons so they include our new childcare logo.
- You said you can't find how to apply for an EHC Plan easily enough on the EHCP page. We have made sure the 'How do we make a request for an EHC needs assesment?' is the first question listed under assessments and plans to avoid confusion.
- You said there is no information on what level of support education providers should give to a child/young person if an Education Health and Care Plan is not in place. We have created a new webpage about the Graduated Response and SEND support outlining the assess, plan, do and review cycle, role of the SENCO and school duties.
- We have also added a video on the person centred approach and made links to the Code of Practice references which you may find useful.
- You told us that many parents didn't know that some activites can be made cheaperif they are getting certain benefits and by being members of certain schemes/cards. We have put these tips on the top of our activities directory for parents to consider.
- You said being parents its hard to find time to get online and search for services and informaiton on thr Local Offer. We understand this so have put together a Facebook page @DCClocaloffer. Follow us and let the information you need come directly to your phone or computer when we log on. For any ideas on what you want to see us post, send us a message or complete a feedback form.
We want to hear from you
Don't forget we are always wanting your feedback.