Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.


Craneswater Junior School

A mainstream junior school.

Tel: (023) 9273 4787

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Cumberland Infant School

A mainstream infant school.

Tel: (023) 9273 3161

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Devonshire Inclusion Centre - Communication and Interaction

The Inclusion Centre for children with communication and interaction needs, including social communication difficulties is an integral part of Devonshire Infant School. It caters for up to 8 children between 4 and 7 years of age who have communication and interaction needs, including social communication difficulties.

Tel: 023927349022

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Dfe Approved Educational Institutions,Independent Special Schools and Post-16 institutions (Section 41)

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State by order to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan by local authorities) of the Act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent.

Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Disagreement, Resolution and Mediation

Information on disagreeing with Portsmouth City Council and others regarding Children and Young People's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Dyspraxia Foundation

Dyspraxia Foundation Hampshire Support is for all families and adults affected by Dyspraxia living in Hampshire.

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Early Years - Request for Education, Health and Care needs assessment

In this section you will find the Early Years Request for EHC Needs Assessment Form and the Profile of Need

Tel: 023 9282 2251

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Early Years Advisory Teachers - Area Inclusion Officers

Early Years Advisory Teachers monitor, track and offer advice and support to setting Inclusion Co-ordinators who are working with children with SEND. This includes delivering training and professional development. They also liaise with other professionals to ensure children with SEND are known and are receiving appropriate provision, they also attend monthly Early Years Panels.

Tel: 02392 827392

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Early Years and Childcare

The Early Years and Childcare Team provide information and advice for parents, childcare professionals and those wanting to work with children.

Tel: 023 9288 2649

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Early Years Information

A range of information relating to Early Years which features on the Portsmouth Local Offer

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Early Years Panel

The panel is a group of professionals from the Speech and Language Therapy Service, the Community Consultant Paediatricians, Early Years Advisory Teacher Service, Health Visitors, Educational Psychology Service, Portage, Head-teacher from Willows, and the SEN team. It meets regularly to make sure that we are aware of pre-school children with special needs and that we have plans in place to support the children and their families and to ensure a smooth transition to school.

Tel: 023 92844272

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Early Years SEN provision - an outline for parents

Early years settings include nurseries, childminders, pre-schools and day care. All these early years providers are expected to have regard to the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Code of Practice as well as following the regulations set out in The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 in order to support children with SEND in their provision.

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Early Years Settings (eg nurseries, playgroups, childminders and pre-schools)

This section holds information on how to find out about early years settings

Tel: 023 9268 8830

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Education Health and Care Plans - Timelines for Parents

This information is intended to provide parents and carers with a guide as to the timescales involved in the Education, Health and Care Plan process.

Tel: 07825 185608

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Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) - Information for parents/carers

This section contains links to information on Education, Health and Care Plans specifically for parents/carers.

Tel: 023 9284 1238

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Educational Psychology Team

The service offers training, consultation and support to schools, and other settings with regard to special or additional needs of children and young people, and individual assessments of the special additional needs of children and young people. We can also provide some on-going interventions with children and young people, individually or in groups, or monitor and supervise interventions. Advice is also provided to the Local Authority to support specific projects and strategy development.

Tel: 023 9268 8563

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Elective Home Education

Portsmouth City Council's guidance and leaflet for Parents Educating their Children at Home

Tel: 023 9284 1419

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Elective Home Education - Frequently Asked Questions

This short leaflet aims to answer frequently asked questions on elective home education.

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Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

EMAS provides support for nurseries, schools and other services when working with pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL) and/or who are black or minority ethnic (BME).

Tel: 023 92 733130

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