Portsmouth Local Offer

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

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  •  breaking news 2


    Central Government has now published the Review of Residential Special Schools and Colleges, Guidance on Statutory Visits in Long- Term Residential Settings, Publication of 'What Works' Resource and Transport Accessibility Action Plan Consultation .


     To view full details of the above information please click the icon below:




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    Local Offer Live - Save the Date!!!!



    A free open event with information, support and services across Portsmouth for children and young people aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


    Wednesday 14th February, 2018,  10.00 - 3.00 at   Miltoncross Academy, 6 Cotton Rd, Portsmouth PO3 6FL.  


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  • It's Panto Time!!!!


    Kings Theatre,  Portsmouth


    Snow White :  December 13th 2017 at 2.00 is a signed and relaxed performance.


    Mayflower Theatre, Southampton


    Snow White

    2nd January 2018 1.00  is a signed and relaxed performance

    6th January 2018 2.00 is an audio described performance


    New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth


    Beauty and the Beast :  29th December 2017 at 2.00 is a relaxed performance


    Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester


    Beauty and the Beast

    21st December 2017 at 7.00pm is a signed performance

    30th December 2017 at 2.00 is an audio described performance

    31st December 2017 at 11.00 is a relaxed performance


  • Local Offer Annual Report -  2017


    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 2017



  • Celebrating co-production

    To celebrate national co-production week this week Portsmouth City Council hosted an event to highlight some examples of how co-production has improved some of the service the council provides. Representatives from Portsmouth Parent Voice and Dynamite joined with council colleagues to showcase the collaborative work which has been developed 

    Alison Jeffery, Director of Children's Services and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: "It's been a privilege hosting today's event and reflecting on some of the excellent work to date.  We hope it will encourage more professionals and parents to embrace the principles of co-production as it delivers better services which benefit everyone."

             Co production event



  • SEND provision review

    Portsmouth and Southampton Councils are working on a review of the SEND provision for children and young people. As part of the review we'll look at some of the following areas: Out of city placements – are these right for our children?  Post 16 provision for students.  Meeting the needs of the growing number of children with autism/social communication needs.  Reviewing the needs of children with severe learning difficulties and what school is best for them as we have limited spaces in special schools.  Use of provision/inclusion centres SEND identification and EHCP thresholds.  How special educational needs and disabilities are identified and the criteria for an educational health care plan to be required.

    Pippa Cook (formerly the Children's Therapy Service Manager with Solent NHS Trust) and Liz Robinson (Education Support Manager and Principal Educational Psychologist with Portsmouth City Council) are working on the review which will run from June until March next year.  They'll be working closely with parents and carers and professionals and will provide regular updates throughout the review. For further information please contact Pippa Cook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Liz Robinson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









    School SEN Champions


    Would you like to find out more about the support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in schools?

    Would you like to meet other parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

    Would you like to work alongside your child's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator?


    If so, have you considered becoming a School SEN Champion? 


    Portsmouth Parent Voice are looking for volunteers across Portsmouth to help organise coffee mornings and help distribute SEN information to parents.  Full training and support will be offered as well as a free DBS check.  If you would like to find out more please e-mail Kara Jewell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07825 185 608

  • Dynamite Young Inspectors

    Dynamite is the voice for the young people of Portsmouth who have a disability, to increase awareness and influence issues which concern their lives.

    Dynamite would like to make Portsmouth a better place for young people with disabilities by:

    • Representing all young people with disabilities in Portsmouth
    • Enabling their voices to be heard
    • Challenging stereotypes of young people with disabilities
    • Meeting the diverse needs of young people with disabilities  
    • Creating a lasting and trusted structure of affect change

    Dynamite Young Inspectors visit services which feature on the Portsmouth Local Offer and provide a written report from the perspective of young people with additional needs annd disabilities.  They highlight what they think the service is doing well and also make suggestions for improvement or change.  To read more about the role of the Dynamite Young Inspectors please click here

  • Contact Us


    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.



    For either of the above please use the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.




  • Appreciation Awards


    These awards were set up by the Portsmouth Co-production Group which is made up of parents who have children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability and representatives from Portsmouth City Council.  The Co-production Group set up the awards to give parents the opportunity to acknowledge individuals and services who they feel have carried out their role in a way that has made a significant positive difference to their family.


    3 awards were recently given to Fiona Freeman, Gemma Clair and Sarah Lawbuary - click on the images below to view the awards.


    If you would like to nominate somebody who you feel should be recognised in this way please contact Kara Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.


    Fiona Freeman Award  Gemma Clair Award  Saray Lawbuary Award






  • Future in Mind


    A national Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce was establised in September 2014 to consider ways to make it easier for children, young people, parents and carers to access help and support when needed and to improve how children and young people's mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided.  As a result Portsmouth City Council and NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group are undertaking a consultation with children, young people, parents and carers to help develop a transformation plan for Portsmouth.


    An easy read document about Future in Mind has been produced and can be found by clicking here.


    A Focus Group is being held on this topic and details can be found within this Newsfeed.

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