Norfolk's Local Offer in development

Norfolk’s Local Offer is constantly being developed. Find out about new, planned and proposed special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision below. This includes schools, educational establishments and SEND support.

In development

Coming soon! A special educational needs and disability (SEND) e-learning course. This will be accessible via our Learning Hub and the Local Offer and is currently under development. This training will provide existing SEND, health and social care professionals, and those that are new to SEND from all agencies, with a high level of knowledge and insight into SEND. Topics will cover:

  • General introduction to SEND
  • Relevant legislation
  • SEN support
  • SEN support across the age and stages
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Voluntary sector
  • SEND funding
  • Children and young people in specific circumstances

Further updates will be published here as the course development progresses.

The Fen Rivers Academy is a special school that we have proposed. It has been sponsored by Catch22 Multi Academies Trust (MAT). The academy will offer full-time education and therapeutic support to 96 vulnerable children in the West Norfolk area. The children aged 4-16 years old, will have been referred by us as part of our duties to arrange SEN provision.

More information on the Fen Rivers Academy.

We have secured £107,000 from the Department of Education as part of the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ initiative to increase pathways into employment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Recognising the excellent provision that is already well established across Norfolk, the supported internships project will bring together representatives from across the county including the Local Authority, employers, education and training providers, parents and carers, young people with SEND and employment groups.  This forum will have direct involvement in supporting and sustaining work for young people with SEND – providing training for job coaches and creating 20 supported internships within local businesses.

As well as guiding young people in the workplace, the job coaches will help employers to establish a sustainable employment package so that the skills of young people who have SEND are recognised and valued.

If you would like further information contact

We have reviewed our current support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and their families as they transition from Children's to Adult Services for health and social care.

The review involved representatives from

  • Children’s Services and Education
  • Adult Social Services
  • Health
  • Service users
  • User participation groups Family Voice and Dragons

Transition needs to be a positive experience for children and their families/carers. We are basing the review on the requirements and recommendations in the NICE guidelines, the Care Act and the Children and Families Act.  It will promote strengths-based approaches and our Care Act duties.  This should reduce the need for formal services.

A transition steering group will look at:

  • Improvements that can be made in the short term to support people going through transition
  • Identification of a model that will be developed for a new transition service for Norfolk

The first transition workshop will be held on 1 May 2018.  Updates will follow.

We asked for your views, and will publish a short plan on the Local Offer in the summer, detailing how we plan to spend the funding and results from the consultation.  The plan will be updated in March each year.

In the summer term, we will also be publishing our sufficiency strategy and plan.This will set out a broader and more ambitious plan for specialist provision for children with SEN and disabilities. This consultation will help to inform this strategy.

We have commissioned an independent review of speech and language therapy services in Norfolk. We want to ensure the best service possible with the funding available. Parent carers and professionals were surveyed May-June 2018. The outcome of the review will be announced during the summer term 2018.

New developments

Chapel Green School, formally Chapel Road School, moved to its new site in Old Buckenham and opened to pupils on 15 January 2018. The new school will be able to take 110 pupils by September 2020, which is 50 more than before. The School will also benefit from a sensory suite, hydrotherapy hot pool and other specialist therapists' rooms.

For more information please visit Chapel Green School.

A new independent travel training scheme has started in Norfolk. It provides support and training to young people enabling them to travel independently, boosting their confidence and wellbeing.

The scheme offers a daily home-to-school training journey over a number of weeks. It uses skilled travel trainers, supporting and teaching young people how to complete their journey safely and enjoyably. Each young person is matched with a trainer who will support them throughout their training. Additionally, trainers will aim to support personal development and build confidence, to help young people make a diverse range of journeys in the future.

Initially the scheme will focus on, but is not limited to Norwich. It is aimed at young people who are in school years 7-11, who are currently using specialised home to school transport.

For more details about the scheme visit HCT Group - independent travel training. Alternatively if you would like more information, contact Karl Chapman, Independent Travel Manager, email or telephone 01603 222707 or 07422 965187.

The Personalised Travel Payment (PTP) pilot is a scheme giving the family the flexibility to make their own travel arrangements to get their child to and from school. 

View more information about the PTP pilot

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