Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

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  • Impacting on You Newsletter - December 2018


    The Portsmouth Parent Voice Impacting on You Newsletter is available to view.  It contains a range of information including:


    • What's on?
    • Local offer Live 2019
    • Relaxed performances at theatres in the area
    • School SEN Champions
    • Healthier Together Website resources
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Early Years Pathway
    • News in Brief


    and much more.


    Click the link below to view the Newsletter.




  • YOU SAID WE DID - November and December 2018


    We wanted to let you know some of the ways in which we are listening to your feedback and responding to make services better for children, young people and their families with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.


    Please click the following link to view this information:





    We would like to hear the views of Portsmouth parents and carers with a child or young person aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities to help us shape the services and support available for them in the city now, and in the future.


    Please complete the short survey which can be found at the link below. It should only take 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 31st December 2018.





    The Newsletter gives information on events, sessions and general news coming up through Pompey in the Community.


    Please click on  the icon below to access it.





    Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF) was delighted to receive a grant of £9,799 toward their volunteer project School Special Educational Needs Champions (School SEN Champions).


    Lynne Rigby Principal Officer said ‘we are so pleased to have the funds to continue our work’, School SEN Champions support parents of children with special educational needs who are in mainstream schools. The project was initiated by PDF in 2016 in response to SEN reforms introduced by the Government in 2014.


    School SEN Champions support parents of children with special educational needs who are in mainstream schools.


    To read the full article, please click on the link below.





    As part of significant ongoing investment in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a new vocational education centre opens in Cosham this week and Portsmouth City Council is now inviting parents and carers to help shape the future of SEND services across the city.


    At an official opening ceremony on 22nd November, staff and guests at the Harbour Vocational Centre @ Vanguard will celebrate the provision of brand new facilities which will enable them to teach a range of practical and academic subjects to a higher standard than was previously possible.


    To read the full article, please click on the following link:  http://shapingportsmouth.co.uk/shaping-blog/2187-pcc-send-investment

  • Flu injection information for young people


    The NHS have released information in an easy read format to help young people understand what the flu injection is and why it is important to have it.


    Information about the flu injection: http://www.parentvoice.info/index.php?title=File:Flu_Injection_resource.pdf&page=1


    All about the flu injection and how to stop getting it: http://www.parentvoice.info/index.php?title=File:PHE_Flu_easy_read_adult_flu_leaflet_Sept_2018.pdf&page=1



    Portsmouth Youth Project is run by Enable Ability and is for young people aged between 18-25 years, living in Portsmouth with a physical and/or mild-moderate learning disability, or additional special need.


    The Project aims to provide young people with the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned recreational, social and sporting activities as part of a group setting.


    This enables young people to interact and socialise with other peers on a regular basis. Activities are designed to improve pivotal life skills for all young people; including building their confidence & self-esteem, independence, communications and multitasking skills, to name a few.


    Please click on the link below to access the December 2018 Events Schedule.


  • local Offer Live 2019


    Please click on the image below to view the flyer in full size.


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  • Research Project


    Is your toddler not yet putting two words together?


    If so, you may be able to take part in a research project which aims to help children develop their language through group learning sessions for parents.


    For further information, please click the image below.


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  • A parent's guide to SEN support in schools


    The above guide was developed in partnership with the Parent Engagement Officer from Portsmouth Disability Forum.


    Please click the image below to access the document or go to:   http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/370


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    The Children and Families Act 2014 requires that the Local Authority must publish an annual report on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).


    This annual report details feedback about the Local Offer from parents and carers and young people and describes what we have done over the last year, and what the priorities are for the coming year.


    Please click the image below to access the document.


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  • Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review June 2017 - March 2018


    This review, which commenced in June 2017, was commissioned jointly by Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.  With a brief to carry out a comprehensive strategic review of the provision for Portsmouth and Southampton children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the key aim was to ensure future demands can be met which are financially sustainable.


    The review included consideration of the continuum of provision available to meet the range of identified need, as well as the sufficiency of provision going forward. Further information can be found by clicking here.


    Please click the icon below to access the full report.



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  • Portsmouth Implementation of the SEND Reforms: Progress Report April 2018


    The purpose of this Progress Report is to provide a summary of the actions achieved in
    implementing the SEND Reforms in Portsmouth, as set out in the Children and Families
    Act 2014, during the initial implementation phase from September 2014 to March 2018.

    These achievements were celebrated at a SEND Stakeholder Conference on 19th
    March 2018. The conference was an opportunity to recognise the progress so far and to
    mark the move from the implementation phase to embedding the SEND reforms as
    business as usual.  Further information can be found by clicking here or by clicking on the icon below.


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  • Choosing a School


    Parents/Carers often ask what questions they should ask when choosing a school for their child who has special educational needs and/or disabilities.


    Choosing a School, a guide for parents/carers has been produced by Portsmouth SEND Information, Advice and Support Service to help with this.


    Under the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Regulations 2014, schools also have a duty to publish a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report, which must be made available on their website.  The Information Report must include information for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN and for the admission of disabled pupils.


    All individual school/college entries on the Portsmouth Local Offer contain a link to their SEN Information Reports.


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  • Support Groups


    Remember the Portsmouth Local Offer contains information on a range of support groups across Portsmouth.  Just enter 'support groups' into the search box and please let us know if you could not find what you were looking for by using the feedback button at the top of the page.


    Portsmouth Parent Voice also provide information on support groups through their monthly Impacting On You newsletters. http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/381


    The Portsmouth Carers Centre also has a guide to carers support groups available in Portsmouth. http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/384


    In addition to this, Portsmouth Parent Voice will be holding a networking event in May 2018 for representatives from support groups and activity providers.  For further information please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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    Was there anything you searched for on the Local Offer but could not find?

    Is there an event running you would like to promote and  tell us about?   We are always happy to publicise activities and events for children, young people with SEND and their families on this newsfeed.


    Do you know of any clubs, leisure or sport opportunities for children and young people with SEND which are not currently on the Portsmouth Local Offer?  If so, we would love to hear from you as we are always looking to add to this resource.


    Please use the Contact Us tab at the top of the page to tell us about any of the above.


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    Your feedback on the Portsmouth Local Offer is very important to us and we would ask you to complete the Feedback or Contact Us section at the top of the home page whenever you feel we need to be made aware of something or if you know of information we should be including.