Local Offer for SEND

Devon County Council offer a wide range of services to support families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The DCC Local Offer can be found at https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer

The DCC Local Offer states:

Devon County Council is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have a good start in life. Some children and young people have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and these differing needs mean varied levels of support may be required at different times.

In Devon, we believe that children and young people with SEND should have the expectation to be part of their local community and to be included and educated alongside their peers. We aim to provide a range of support and opportunities to enable this to happen and these can be described as the ‘local offer’. This sets out what you can expect to be available to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 along with Devon’s approach and underlying principles.

Relating specifically to St Margaret's C of E (VA) Junior School are the pages concerning 5 to 15 year olds:

All schools in Devon have the same duties related to special educational needs and disabilities, and are expected to provide support for children and young people who have additional needs. These duties can be found in the special educational needs and disabilities, 0-25, code of practice.

The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities attend mainstream schools. We expect all mainstream education settings, including nurseries, early years providers, schools and colleges, to:

  • identify children and young people with special educational needs quickly and accurately so that support can be put in place
  • make sure teachers can teach children and young people with a diverse range of needs
  • focus on the quality of teaching for all children and develop different approaches to meet the needs of individual children and young people
  • meet the needs and objectives identified in the DAF system for children and young people with additional needs
  • have a regularly reviewed special educational needs and disabilities policy, which is distributed to all parents of children with additional needs
  • work in partnership with children, young people and their parents
  • delegate resources fairly, efficiently and in response to identified need
  • notify parents whenever special educational needs provision is being made for their child and give them access to independent information, advice and support.
For further information the DCC Local Offer can be found at https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer