Purpose of the Local Offer
The Portsmouth Local Offer details the special education provision and training provision that Portsmouth City Council expects to be available in Portsmouth for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and or a disability.
It also includes special educational provision and training provision that the local authority expects to be available outside of Portsmouth for children and young people aged 0-25 with special education and or a disability. The term 'expects to be available' is determined by the provision that Portsmouth City Council commissions directly or through its partnership arrangements.
In addition the Local Offer also includes universal provision such as leisure services that may cater for children, young people and their families with SEND where there may be a charge. It also provides information and advice that parents and young people have requested through feedback.
What the Code of Practice says:
Local Authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, heath 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. In setting out what they 'expect to be available', Local Authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available.
(COP, Chapter 4, Section 4.1)