Portsmouth Local Offer

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

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  • Portsmouth Local Area SEND Inspection

    Portsmouth Local Area SEND Inspection took place from 1st to 5th July 2019. The inspection report, published on 24th September highlights many areas of good practice including strong leadership, coproduction, joint commissioning and effective joint working across agencies.

    Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission were on site for 5 days during which time they visited a number of schools, services and settings, met with managers as well as frontline staff from across education, health, social care and the voluntary sector, and most importantly listened to the views of parents and young people.

    My thanks to everyone who is involved in providing services and improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families in Portsmouth. We will continue to build on this very positive work through the SEND Strategy.  Please click on the icon below to view the report.

    Dr Julia Katherine
    Head of Inclusion
    Portsmouth City Council

    PDF  Inspection Report

  • Come along and enjoy some FREE PIZZA !

    If you are a young person aged 14-25 years Dynamite would love to meet you and hear your thoughts on health services. 

    Please contact dynamite on 07905 682886 for more information. Further details below.

    Dynamite PIzza Evening October 10th

  • Are you an Autistic Young Person age 14-25 years?

    Would you like to have some FREE PIZZA just by telling us what you think about services for Autistic people in Portsmouth?

    If the answer is YES then come along to Dynamite's Pizza evening on the 23rd July 2019.



    To read our Pizza evening agenda click here

    To find out how Dynamite can support you to come to our events click here




    DATE: 20/7/19 (Saturday)

    TIME: 1-4pm

    VENUE: Front Lawn Recreation Ground (Havant PO9 5AN)


    The day will involve a short welcome introduction, followed by a football session , which will include drills and games delivered by specialist coaches all overseen by the England Talent Team. Following the England Talent Day, players may then be selected and invited to join their respective impairment specific Regional Talent Hubs for the season. 

    If you wish to attend the England Talent Day please Email to register! 

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Disability Football Development Officer)

  • Inspection of Portsmouth local area Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) from Monday 1 July 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019.
    Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of the local area. 

    The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:
    1) Identifies the needs of children and young people with SEND  

    2) Meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

    The views of children and young people with SEND, and  their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services.

    During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

    Click here to read the full inspection letter.

    Click here for the link to the SEND inspection Webinar

    Click here to go to the Portsmouth SEND Inspection page

  • Junior Wheelchair Tennis sessions.


    Our Junior Wheelchair sessions are designed for players aged from 8-14 years and are suitable for all abilities.

    You will learn and improve of all the basic techniques in a fun and friendly environment.

    Sessions run every Saturday from 11.00-12.00pm and cost just £5, no need to book just turn up and play!

    All equipment provided.


     Portsmouth Tennis Centre, Alex Way, Portsmouth, PO2 9AD.

    Please call 02393 200 402 if you have any questions.




  • The Regional Stakeholder Network
    The Regional Stakeholder Network will bring the views of disabled people, local disability organisations, and organisations that represent disabled people closer to government. Through its 9 groups across England it will create face to face forums and provide a channel for people to share their views about policies and services that affect them.
    We are looking for Chairs to lead and drive the efforts of their group forward, and Members to share their views and experiences to help government make improvements. Further details and how to apply are on our website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/seeking-chairs-and-members-for-the-new-disability-regional-stakeholder-network
    The 9 regional groups across England are:
    • North West
    • North East
    • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • West Midlands
    • East Midlands
    • South West
    • South East
    • East of England
    • Greater London
  • Evidence for the review of the Autism Strategy
    The Department of Health and Social Care, with the Department for Education, has launched a national call for evidence to inform our review of the Autism Strategy. The call for evidence is inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers as well as those of professionals. It is aimed at finding out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.
    The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/autism/2e4ae18d and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.
  • Enable Ability - Youth Hub
    The Enable Ability Youth Hub is a service that was previously run by the Portsmouth Autism Support Network and as such is primarily designed for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders from 5 to 18 years of age.
    The group meets every Wednesday during term time, normally at the Landport Community Centre in Portsmouth from 5:30pm, where service users can come along and interact with others, build friendships, take part in games and enjoy a regular social environment.

    Activities include computers (in particular Game Over), board games, LEGO, and also bowling. We also run additional themed weeks such as Art & Design workshops, Pets as Therapy, Pizza nights and much more.
    For further information please click on the link below.
  • Parent Buddies

    A brand new service in the Family Hubs for 2019.


    Volunteer led drop-ins for parents of children aged 5-19.


    Please click on  the image below for further information.


    Parent buddies

  • Dynamite Survey


    The new Dynamite survey for any young person aged 14-25 with a special educational need, disability or experience of mental illness is available here in an online format. It should only take a few minutes to complete and everyone who completes it is entered into a draw to win high street vouchers.







    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.



  • 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


    Parents guide to sen support front cover



    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.


                                front cover

  • 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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    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.