Portsmouth Local Offer

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

Education Service

A Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education

The Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education has now been published and has been developed as part of the local Future in Mind transformation plan to help promote, protect and improve our children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. Wellbeing and resilience underpins all aspects of education and learning. This strategy has been developed to complement the existing work to improve outcomes for children and young people in the city.

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Accessibility Strategy

This section contains the Portsmouth Schools Accessibility Strategy

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Anti Bullying Strategy

Portsmouth's Anti-Bullying Strategy has been prepared to provide a framework for multi-agency working in the City in order to tackle bullying in our schools and other settings for children and young people and to support the development, monitoring and evaluation of anti-bullying work. The section contains the Anti-Bullying Strategy and a Guidance and Resource Pack for Schools.

Tel: 023 9284 1712

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Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence provides advice and guidance to Service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEN.

Tel: 01980 618244

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Dfe Approved Educational Institutions,Independent Special Schools and Post-16 institutions (Section 41)

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State by order to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan by local authorities) of the Act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent.

Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Disagreement, Resolution and Mediation

Information on disagreeing with Portsmouth City Council and others regarding Children and Young People's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Early Years Advisory Teachers - Area Inclusion Officers

Early Years Advisory Teachers monitor, track and offer advice and support to setting Inclusion Co-ordinators who are working with children with SEND. This includes delivering training and professional development. They also liaise with other professionals to ensure children with SEND are known and are receiving appropriate provision, they also attend monthly Early Years Panels.

Tel: 02392 827392

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Early Years Information

A range of information relating to Early Years which features on the Portsmouth Local Offer

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Early Years Panel

The panel is a group of professionals from the Speech and Language Therapy Service, the Community Consultant Paediatricians, Early Years Advisory Teacher Service, Health Visitors, Educational Psychology Service, Portage, Head-teacher from Willows, and the SEN team. It meets regularly to make sure that we are aware of pre-school children with special needs and that we have plans in place to support the children and their families and to ensure a smooth transition to school.

Tel: 023 9284 1316

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Educational Psychology Team

The service offers training, consultation and support to schools, and other settings with regard to special or additional needs of children and young people, and individual assessments of the special additional needs of children and young people. We can also provide some on-going interventions with children and young people, individually or in groups, or monitor and supervise interventions. Advice is also provided to the Local Authority to support specific projects and strategy development.

Tel: 023 9268 8563

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Elective Home Education

Portsmouth City Council's guidance and leaflet for Parents Educating their Children at Home

Tel: 023 9284 1419

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Elective Home Education - Frequently Asked Questions

This short leaflet aims to answer frequently asked questions on elective home education.

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Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

EMAS provides support for nurseries, schools and other services when working with pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL) and/or who are black or minority ethnic (BME).

Tel: 023 92 733130

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Inclusion Support Panel - a multi disciplinary advisory panel

The Inclusion Support Panel is a multi-disciplinary advisory panel. It helps Portsmouth City Council to make consistent highly informed decisions about how to support children and young people's special educational needs and disabilities. It also advises the local authority about making fair access arrangements for pupils. Finally, it also now hears home to school transport appeals.

Tel: 02392 841238

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Local Offer Annual Report - Portsmouth

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

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Ordinarily Available Provision - What the Local Authority expects education settings to offer

Educational settings will make a range of ordinarily available provision for all children / young people, including those with SEND from the totality of resources available to them. This section includes the Portsmouth's Ordinarily Available Provision document.

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Ordinarily Available Provision - What the Local Authority expects education settings to offer - Post 16

Educational settings will make a range of ordinarily available provision for all children / young people, including those with SEND from the totality of resources available to them. This is a summary of Portsmouth's Ordinarily Available Provision for Post 16 students.

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Out of City/Area Schools/Education Establishments

This is a list of out of city/area independent, special schools and education provision used by Portsmouth City Council to place children and young people if approved through the Inclusion Support Panel.

Tel: 023 9284 1238.

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Portage and Portage Plus

Portsmouth Portage Team provides an educational service (Portage or Portage Plus) for pre-school children from a very early age up until they are ready to start school.

Tel: 023 9283 4568

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Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP)

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) brings together Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), schools, academies, colleges, early years settings, Higher Education Institutions, the council, teaching schools, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), Portsmouth Dioceses and EBP South to improve attainment and opportunities for children and young people across the city. The PEP is linked to the overarching Children’s Trust arrangements for Portsmouth which bring together all agencies whose work affects the lives of children, young people and families, including: social care, health, the Police, Jobcentre Plus, the voluntary sector, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and others.

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