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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) find it harder to learn or access education than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.
Information for parents, carers, young people and professionals about support and services for children and young people from 0-25 with SEND is available on Portsmouth Local Offer.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be carrying out an inspection in Portsmouth between 1 and 5 July 2019. The inspection will look at how well organisations in Portsmouth identify and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
The views of young people and their parents and carers are very important. They will be gathered by Ofsted and the CQC through visits to schools and services, as well as through a webinar. You can also contribute by contacting your local Parent Carer Forum or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of how to get involved are included in the letter to parents, shown below.
We will be writing to all schools and services in the city to ask them to contact parents, but a copy of the letter is shown here, along with the letter send to the council notifying us of the inspection.
Portsmouth City Council provides support for both children with special educational needs and their parents.
For more information email email@example.com, phone 023 9284 1238 or write to special educational needs, Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA.
Gov.uk has more information on what defines special educational needs.
Children with special educational needs may need extra help because of:
Many children have special educational needs of some kind at some time during their education. Schools and other organisations can help most children overcome their difficulties quickly and easily.
A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school. So, special educational needs could mean that a child has difficulties with:
All teachers are teachers of special educational needs children (SEN), but all schools and early years’ settings also have a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) who provides a lead for the rest of the staff on special educational needs.
Portsmouth City Council makes sure that support for children with special educational needs is normally provided in mainstream schools.
The council also provides a support service for parents of children with special educational needs, offering independent information, guidance and advice on a wide range of educational issues. This is run on the council’s behalf by The Rose Road Association, which is a charity that has been established since 1952 across Hampshire and surrounding areas. Rose Road works with children and adults with complex and multiple disabilities and health needs, and their families. We use an external company to ensure that the service is independent. All information is treated in the strictest confidence, and details will not be passed on to anyone without permission.
Portsmouth SEND IASS Provides:
Portsmouth SEND IASS can help by:
For more information call 0300 303 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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