What is the Local Offer?

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

What will it do?

The Wirral framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.  During the last year, the Local Offer Steering Group has developed questions for schools, and trialled them with a small number of settings.

There are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents/carers and other agencies, which reflect their concerns and interests.  These will be answered by agencies, schools and colleges to provide information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.

Click here to view the Wirral LA Local Offer

We know when pupils need help if:

  • Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers, teaching assistants or the pupil’s previous school;
  • There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour;
  • Through regular meetings each half term with the class teacher and team leader;
  • The class teachers, SENCo, English subject leader and Maths subject leader to review the progress of every child from Target Tracker and decide if sufficient progress has been made each half term;
  • If required, additional support is allocated to that child either in class or in booster sessions and is then reviewed at the next meeting to ensure progress has been made;
  • Statements/Education Health Care Plan advice from external agencies are followed.