Portsmouth Local Offer

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

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  • 2018/19 Home to School Transport Policy and Post 16 Learners Statement

     

    In January 2017, Portsmouth City Council consulted with parents/carers and other stakeholders about changes to the Home to School Transport Policy and the Post 16 Learners Statement.   Changes to the policies were agreed and a summary of these changes have been available to view on the Portsmouth City Council website and the Local Offer website since September 2017 with the new policy due to come into effect in September 2018.

    However, recently updated Government guidelines have necessitated further changes to the 19-25 age range offer and between 24th April  to 21st May 2018,  Portsmouth City Council are seeking your views on these additional changes by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

     

    The proposed new Home to School Transport Policy and Post 16 Learners Statement is now available for you to view on the Local Offer at http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/12  Please note the key changes to the Post 16 Learners Statement can be found on Pages 9 and 10 and outlines the transport offer to students aged between 19-25 years.

     

  •  Activities

     

    Parents/Carers are often looking for activities for their children, young people and the whole family.  The Portsmouth Local Offer contains many entries on leisure opportunites throughout the city.  You just need to:

     

    • Click the Leisure button in the relevant age category on the Local Offer which will briing up a list of entries.
    • Use the search tab function to find activities, examples you might type in the search tab could be leisure, clubs, support groups, activities, swimming, play schemes.

    Other information can be found on the following links:

    https://www.list.co.uk/events/kids/location:Portsmouth(50.8094,-1.0717)/

    https://www.facebook.com/portsmouthparentvoice/

    https://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/things-to-do/get-active

    http://www.portsmouthparentvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IOY-Easter-2018.pdf     

     

     

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    SEN Support

     

     

    SEN support is a category of support for pupils with Special Educational Needs.  All schools and colleges must publish their SEN Information Report 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. The requirements are set out in legislation under the SEND Code of Practice.

     

     

    All schools and colleges who have an entry on the Portsmouth Local Offer contain a link to their SEN Information Report which we hope parents/carers will find useful.

     

     

    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through items on the newsfeed

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    City Figures Unite for National Charity

     

    On Monday 5th February Portsmouth Music Hub, hundreds of local children and leading city figures from Portsmouth took part in a special music video to support the national charity sign2sing. It was part of a week of national events to support the ongoing work of the charity which helps fund projects that improve the lives of vulnerable deaf children and adults. To see the video please visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqpaOYcWKEA 

     

    Further information on Portsmouth Music Hub can be found at http://www.portsmouthmusichub.org/

      

    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through other items on the newsfeed including Support Groups, Choosing a School, 'You said, We Did' and Special Provision Capital Fund

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    Special Provision Capital Fund

    Development of New Vocational Provision

     

    For further information on development plans to provide a bespoke vocational and academic provision for some of the most vulnerable and challenging young people in Portsmouth please click the following link  http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/462

     

    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through various items on the newsfeed including Choosing a School, Support Groups and 'You Said, We Did'.

  • 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.

     

    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through items on the newsfeed

     

  • 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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    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:

     

    http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/447

     

    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to click through items on the newsfeed

  •  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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    Please use the numbers at the top and bottom of the page to view all articles on the newsfeed

  • 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

     

     

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    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

  • 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.

     

     

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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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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