At Spring Hill High School most students that are referred to the school by the Local Authority come with an Education and Health Care Plan, which indicates that they do have Special Educational Needs.
The Local Authority Offer
The children and Families Bill 2014 places a requirement on local authorities and schools to publish and keep under review information about the services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs(SEN) aged 0-25. This is the “Local Offer”.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents, families and professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer is a Local Authority’s publication of all the provision they "expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.” (Section 4.1 SEND Code of Practice, January 2015) Section 30 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which came into force on 1 September 2014, defines and prescribes the content of a Local Offer.
We are fortunate to receive regular feedback from many friends and visitors of our school on our SEND provision. These can include parents, colleagues from other schools and professional agencies, students or trainee teachers.
The Local Offers of Our Current Cohort
Spring Hill High School is a Birmingham school with a catchment that goes beyond the borders of Birmingham. The school currently works with 6 local authorities. The number of local authorities varies annually according to the cohort.