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.
Access further information on these services from the below links:
- Suitable childcare
- Accessible Activities
- Rochdale Short Breaks
- Rochdale SENDiass
- Dispute Resolution - Schools (external link)
- EHC Plan Appeal Process (SEN and Disability Tribunals) (external link)
- All schools – mainstream and special
- Secretary of State - Approved List of Institutions (external link)
- Personal budgets for children and young people
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.
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.
- Stakeholder Consultations Form (19KB pdf)
- Special Educational Provision Capital Fund Plan 2018-2021 (213KB pdf)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Please see documents below:
- Department for Education SEND - Code of Practice 0 to 25 years (external link)
- SEND - Guide for Parents and Carers on Gov.UK (external link)
- Rochdale Parent Carers Voice
- Team for Physical Disabilities (Rochdale Additional Needs Service)
- Barnardos - Rochdale Services
- Special Needs Today
- Information, Advice and Support Services Network - IASS (for disabled children and young people) (external link)
- Council for disabled children (external link)
- Positive Steps
- Rochdale Sendiass
- Disabled Student Allowances
- Elective Home Education Team