Local authorities will be required to set out and publish a ‘local offer’.
This explains how they will work with parents, local schools and colleges, as well as other services such as Health and Wellbeing Boards. This should encourage a more joined-up process when delivering services for disabled children. It should also make the system less stressful for families by giving parents more information about the services and expertise available locally, and increasing their choice.
In terms of school provision, the local offer would also describe what additional or different provision schools make for children with SEN.
The Council for Disabled Children have produced a useful briefing note on the Local Offer. SE7 have also produced a briefing paper on the Local Offer
A copy of the final Local Offer draft framework from SE7 is available here and how each Local Authority within SE7 is progressing is available here
SE7 have also produced a guide for Education Settings which can be downloaded here
SE7 - The Local Offer - Journey so far can also be viewed online