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Rochdale’s Local Offer Information and Documents

All local authorities have published a Local Offer which provides information and advice on the services and provision available in their area for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability.


What services does Rochdale Local Offer include?

What will be included in the Education Local Offer?

In the Education Local Offer a summary of the core provision expected of all schools and academies. Will be published in the schools own SEN Policy and SEN Information Report.

It will cover all aspects of school life – classroom, school day, after school activities and learning off site.

For further guidance see the Rochdale Boroughwide SEND Offer for Schools (159KB pdf)

SEND Action Plan

The development of Rochdale's Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Written Statement Of Action has been led by Rochdale Borough Council and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. It sets out the actions that will be taken to address the areas of weakness identified by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

Responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of this statement of action sits with the Children with Disabilities Partnership, reporting to the Children and Young People's Partnership and Health and Well-being Board.

Please see link to view SEND Action Plan.

SEND Provision Capital Funding

Early Help & Schools Service - Accessibility Strategy 2016-19

Rochdale Borough Council​ has a duty to plan strategically so that the accessibility of its schools and other provision increases over time. Schools share this duty as ‘responsible bodies’ and have a duty to prepare an accessibility plan which will explain how they will increase accessibility.

Although the core of accessibility is about how pupils can access what is happening in schools, the teaching and learning that is available, it is also about access to the whole social and out of school curriculum. ​This means that all aspects of a school’s work need to be considered in terms of their accessibility for those with a disability and, given the close involvement of parents in their children’s education and parental accessibility.

Early Help & Schools Service - Accessibility Strategy 2016-19 (external link)

Rochdale Borough SEND Strategy

This is an 18 month strategy to align with the implementation of the Family Services Model. The strategy drives our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in our borough.

Please see Rochdale Borough's Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 0-25 years (external link)

Rochdale SEND Local Offer COVID-19 Help and Guidance

Please see Rochdale SEND Local Offer COVID-19 Help and Guidance page.          

Rochdale Borough Integrated Children and Young People’s 0-25 Autism Strategy including Social Communication Needs

We have consulted with young people, from the Borough of Rochdale, with Autism; gained the views of parents and carers who have children with Social, Communication Needs and or Autism from across Greater Manchester; and we have worked with the Innovation Unit and Young People in Co Designing our Quality Assurance Indicators.  Young people with Autism have agreed that this strategy focuses on what is important to them.

We hope that you can hear the voice of such children, young people, parents and carers throughout the document. We will continue to consult in order to inform actions and work plans for the next 3 years.  This strategy was produced in August 2017 and will be reviewed in August 2020.

Children and young people's mental wellbeing - A toolkit for schools and colleges

The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population.

Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing: Download Toolkit for schools and colleges (2MB pdf)

Funding streams available to early years settings and mainstream schools for inclusion and disability

SEND support and funding availability for Childcare Providers, Early Years Education settings and mainsteam schools/academy's.

Rochdale Short Breaks

What is a short break?

A short break gives a child or young person with a disability the opportunity to spend time away from their family taking part in leisure activities or simply relaxing. Families in turn get a break from their caring responsibilities.

For more information please visit Rochdale Short Breaks.

Max Card

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission. Find out more on our Max Card page.

Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

A child’s parent(s)/carer, nurseries, schools and colleges are all able to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment for an education health and care plan on behalf of a child with special educational needs (SEN). Young people who are over the age of 16 and who are no longer in compulsory education are also able to request an assessment.

For more information please visit How to request a Statutory Assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 

For information on rights to appeal a decision by the Local Authority, please see National Trial Toolkit - SEND Tribunal

SEND documents

Please see documents below:

Useful links to other SEND services

North West SEND newsletters

For all North West SEND newsletters please visit NW SEND Regional Network News

NW SEND Regional Newletter - November 2020 (external link)

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