Information about the Kirklees Local Offer
Children and Families Act 2014
The Children and Families Act takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable
children and support building stronger families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and
young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act reforms the systems for adoption,
children who are looked after, family justice and special educational needs.
The Government has changed the system for children and young people with special education needs (SEN),
including those who are disabled. The Act extends the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young
people and their parents / carers greater involvement in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It
takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special
Educational Needs and Disability: Progress and next steps by:
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) to detail what local services are 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 SEND as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.
What does it do?
The Kirklees Local Offer provides parents / carers with information about how to access services in their area,
and what they can expect from those services. It lets parents / carers and young people know how school and
colleges will support them, and what they can expect across local schools and colleges.
There are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents / carers and other agencies, which reflect their
concerns and interests. These have been answered by services, 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.
What services are available?
We have forged some very effective links in our multi-agency approach to working to meet the needs of pupils
with special educational needs. Some of the agencies we regularly work with are:-
Kirklees Independent Advice and Support Service for SEN and Disability (KIAS) (previously Kirklees
The role of KIAS is to ensure that parents have access to confidential and impartial information, advice and
support so they can make informed decisions about their child's special educational needs. This is achieved by
working in partnership with parents, providing information, services and training, working with relevant agencies
and ensuring parents' views influence local policy and practice.
PCAN (Parents of Children with Additional Needs)
PCAN are an independent, parent-led forum in Kirklees for all parents and carers of children and young people
with additional needs aged from birth to 25 years. They provide lots of good information, links to social media for networking with other parents, and together they provide a strong, collective voice so that they can work in partnership with service providers across Kirklees. Together we can improve services for our children and young people with additional needs.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - This service can be accessed following referral from a medical
professional (G.P./School Nurse). SENCOs can also refer to the service directly. With parental consent,
CAMHS will work with us to support children, recommending strategies for staff to use in school.
ChEWS is the Tier 2 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for children and young people in Kirklees. The
Service provides short term targeted interventions to children and young people who are aged 5 to 19 and
whose emotional needs are impacting on their day to day lives.
Hearing impaired Service/Visually Impaired Service
These services can be called upon to support children in educational settings who have hearing /visual
impairments respectively. With consent, schools can refer to the service.
Speech and Language Service (S.A.L.T.)
This service can be called upon to support children with speech, language or communication problems. With
consent, schools can refer to the service. Some children are also referred via their GP or a School Nurse.
The school is supported by an educational psychologist, who works very closely with the SENCO. Following
consent and referral, the educational psychologist assesses and supports individual pupils with special
educational needs by providing parents and school staff with detailed reports and suggestions for actions based
on identification of need. The educational psychologist is very important in contributing to statutory
assessment/Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans.
This service receives a referral from a health professional or from a SENCO, with parental consent. They
explore, assess and guide provision around various physical difficulties. Often a report to school will be followed
by sessions with an assistant from the service.
Various other agencies can be accessed, usually via the Early Help Assessment (E.H.A.) process and according to
need. For further support see the link to the Kirklees local Offer for contact details.
|Head Teacher||Mrs N Greenough|
|Special Educational Needs
and Disabilities Coordinator SENCo
|Mrs G Senior|
|SEND Policy||Please click on the link below to view our
SEND policy and how it is implemented.
|Governor with responsibility for SEND||Dr S Brown|
|Contact details: address||Wakefield Road
|Telephone (admin)||01484 865444|
|Telephone (SENCo)||01484 865444|
|Local Offer webpage link||www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk|
At Scissett Middle School School and within the Shelley Pyramid of Schools we deliver quality first
teaching to every child, adapting the curriculum to their specific needs. The statements below can be
applied to all children in our schools.
1. How do Shelley Pyramid schools know if children need extra help?
We know when children need help if:
2. What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs? The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns. If you have further concerns then contact the individual school SENCO.
3. How will I know how the Shelley Pyramid schools support my child?
The Governors of Shelley Pyramid schools are responsible for entrusting a named Governor who will monitor the SEND provision and use of funding in their school. In a support and challenge role, the Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treat all children and staff in an equitable way. They monitor and review the accessibility plan; all other statutory policies and provision as defined by the Department for Education.
4. How will the curriculum be adapted to meet my child’s needs?
5. How will I know how my child is doing?
6. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
7. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for children who are encountering social/emotional difficulties:
8. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
9. What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had (or are
10. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
11. How accessible is the school environment?
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12. How will the schools prepare and support my child during transition in school and between settings within the pyramid?
13. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
14. How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
15. How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
16. How will my child’s views be taken into account?
17. Who can I contact for further information?
If you have further questions and concerns regarding SEND, please contact the school to arrange a meeting with the relevant staff member.
We hope these have answered any queries you may have but do not hesitate to contact the individual school if you have further questions.
We review this SEND report annually and would like any feedback parents might have on its content. It is important that this document is considered useful to parents. Therefore, we would appreciate parent’s input as to whether the sections are clear and whether anything could be added or changed. Parents have the opportunity to respond through discussion with the