Introduction: Our Local Offer
What is Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?
According to the Code of Practice (2014), a child has SEND if:
they have a learning difficulty or disability that means that he or she has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of the other children of the same age. Or they have a disability which significantly prevents or hinders him or her from making use of the educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.
Mrs Holmes, our SEND Co-ordinator, is responsible for all aspects of the support provided for children with an additional learning need. Please contact the School Office if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s education on 0121 464 2920.
The Birmingham Local Offer website has now launched. It includes information about the wide range of services that are available to support all areas of a child’s life (0-25 years) especially those with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). This includes support with education, physical and mental health, social care, leisure activities and moving towards independence and adulthood. The Local Offer sets out 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.
What is the Local Offer?
Every Local Authority in England has a duty to provide children and young people, (0-25 years) with support if they have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (Part 4)). The support on offer from education, health and social care within a Local Authority is known as the Local Offer. Every Local Authority has had to publish what is available on a website: this is called the Local Offer Website.
Our Local Offer
Here at Marsh Hill, we strive to provide an environment that encourages all children to do their best and achieve their full potential. The Head teacher (Mr Cusack) and the Senior Leadership Team take pride in ensuring that we deliver a comprehensive and accurate assessment of all pupils so that pupils who require extra support to achieve their potential are identified quickly and supportive interventions are put in place.
The SEND Co-ordinator at our school is Mrs Julie Holmes. Mrs Cathy Lomas is the Pastoral Manager and Lead DSL. Mrs Holmes is Level 3 Autism Spectrum Condition qualified and provides advice and support for all children with a diagnosis of ASD. Mr Mark Hamblett and Mr Chris Powell, who are part of our Pastoral Team, work to promote pastoral care, social skills and values. The team work together with children, teachers, parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure we provide the best opportunities for all.