As part of the Children and Families Bill, the Government is transforming the system for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disability [SEND], including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them.

The Bill has extended the SEND system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choices in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.

Changes affecting SEND in schools are:

  • Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a 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 and their parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.

What is the Local Offer?

All Dudley maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

What will we do?

The Local Offer will provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area and what they can expect from these services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/carers and young people know how schools and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.
 
From September 1st 2014 schools are required to provide SEND information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.

Dudley's Local Offer

Colleagues in Dudley are working with parents, carers and children and young people, education, health and social care professionals and a host of others to bring together our local offer which was launched on 1st September 2014.

Dudley Services and Contact Details

All of the contact names involved in the services for our children.

Arrangements for supporting pupils with SEND

Frequently asked questions about how we support our pupils with SEND at St Margaret's at Hasbury.

SEND information for parents and carers in Dudley

This document describes some of the new national arrangements for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs in Dudley, which became law in September 2014.