SEN Provision and Local Offer

The Sheffield Local Offer is a way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support are available in the area where they live.

A child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) can be supported in a number of ways, through school, the Local Authority, outside specialist agencies and by parents and carers at home.  A child or young person with SEN can access SEN provision, which is in addition to provision that is usually available to pupils of the same age.

Below are links and videos to the Local Offer provided by Sheffield City Council through its team of specialist services, the health service, professional agencies and also voluntary and private sector organisations.

Sheffield Directory

The Inclusion Taskforce is the key strategic partnership group which reports to the Inclusion Improvement Board. The taskforce is a cross-sector, school-led group whose members include Sheffield school leaders, SEND lead practitioners and Local Authority officers, including the SEND Assessment Team. It has representation from all localities within the city.

The objective of the Inclusion Taskforce is to lead the development of consistent and high quality inclusive practice across the city. The remit of the taskforce includes the development of:

  • Moderation – ensuring consistency in Sheffield Support Grid judgements and provision for children and young people with SEND.
  • Training – enabling and empowering the education workforce to deliver high quality inclusive provision.
  • Review – developing the tools to evaluate school practice in relation to SEND/Inclusion in order to facilitate support and challenge.
  • Data – developing the evidence base to inform and support school improvement.

The Inclusion Taskforce co-ordinates a core training offer to the city which can be accessed via the Learn Sheffield website

If you have questions about SEND/Inclusion within Sheffield please contact those leading within your locality, for example the Strategic Lead Headteacher or the Locality SENCO(s). For more information about the Inclusion Taskforce contact Ian Read (Headteacher, Watercliffe Meadow Primary School) using headteacher@watercliffe.sheffield.sch.uk.