Directorate for Children’s Services
John Coughlan CBE
24 January 2014
Isle of Wight PO30 1UD
Tel: (01983) 821000
E-mail: [email address]
DX: 56361 Newport (IOW)
Mr Ben Fox Response sent via e-mail only to:
[FOI #190474 email]
Dear Mr Fox RE: INFORMATION REQUEST CRM REF: iw13/12/35202
Thank you for your information request received 24 December 2013, which has been handled
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find our response to your request below:
As part of the Government Green paper (Support and Aspiration) the government has outlined
a new approach to special educational needs and disability. As part of this initiative the
government requires all local authorities in England to set out a Local Offer.
The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what
services are available to them in their area and how to access them.
The Children and Families Bill, including Part Three aimed at reforming the Special Educational
Needs (SEN) and Disability statutory framework, is currently progressing through the Parliamentary
stages with a view to enactment in September 2014. A draft Code of Practice and draft Regulations
has been consulted on with the intention of being finalised in April 2014. The expectation that all
Local Authorities will publish a Local Offer as outlined above will form a key part of this legislation. All
Local Authorities, including the Isle of Wight, need to prepare for the implementation of these SEN
reforms and demonstrate readiness to do so to the Department for Education.
Please provide answers to the following questions
1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and guidance for Local
The Special Educational Needs Service on the Isle of Wight is in the process of making
recommendations regarding the implementation of these reforms on the Isle of Wight. How the Local
Offer will be developed will be considered in these proposals.
2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within your Local
Authority? Please also provide their job title.
The Education Officer (SEN) West Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is the Lead Officer for the
implementation of the SEN reforms.
If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Corporate
Information Unit, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD. Or by email to [email address] or
complete the on-line appeals form that can be found at www.iwight.com/information. If your
complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once you have
exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the Information Commissioner.
Senior Business Services Officer (Schools and Learning)
& Departmental Information Guardian