As you will be aware, updates and changes to current working practices are changing on a regular basis and a letter from MP Vicky Ford regarding EHCP expectations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation explains “That as the Minister responsible for SEND, I wanted to write to let you know that we are committed to doing everything possible to support you during this difficult time.” 

Click HERE to read the letter.


 The Local Offer

What is the Local Offer?

The government have listened to what parents say their experience of services is like and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the ‘Local Offer’.

Local authorities and other services will set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have SEN and their families. This easy-to-understand information for parents 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


The council for disabled children have provided information and advice on the Local Offer. This helps identify what should be included in the 'Local Offer' – and helps parents recognise if their local offer includes everything it should.

Local Offer – Telling you what is ‘additional and different’
  • We will set out what services are available
  • How to access services.
  • How services will work together.
  • How we will make sure that parents/carers have more choice and control over what services they receive.
  • Training for the new way of working that is available for everyone – we will train everyone together where the training is useful for everyone (professionals and parents).
What services will this include?
  • Suitable childcare
  • Leisure activities
  • Short breaks
  • Rochdale SENDIASS (parent support)
  • Dispute resolution services
  • All schools – mainstream and special
  • The local authority’s role and responsibility
  • Health services – universal and specialist


What will be included in the Education Local Offer?
  • A summary of the core provision expected of all schools/academies. There will be more detail in every schools own published SEN policy.
  • It will cover all aspects of school life – classroom, school day, after school activities and learning off site.


Holy Family RC Primary School's Local offer (SEN Information Report)

HF SEN Information Report.doc

Holy Family RCPS Local Offer.doc

Holy Family Inclusion Policy.doc

Holy Family Accessibility Plan.doc


For further LA guidance contact

SEN Assessment Team,
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Tel: 01706 925981