Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Get involved with Local Offer

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Feedback and consultation

Feedback and consultation is a formal part of the Local Offer and users will be asked to contribute by using:

  • online surveys
  • paper questionnaires
  • verbal recordings

Documents and frequently asked questions can be made available in Easy Read format.

Red Kite Academy

Consultation from 24 November to 20 December 2017

Consultation is currently under way to authorise the signing of a funding agreement that will establish the Red Kite Academy.

Scheduled to open in September 2018 (and with building currently underway), Red Kite Academy will be Corby’s new 100-place special school. The school will offer a dynamic multi-professional provision for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties or with a presentation on the autistic spectrum.

Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the consultation events which are being held at:

  • Kingsley School, Kettering - 14 December 2017 at 2:00pm
  • Pen Green Centre, Corby - 14 December 2017 at 7:00pm

You can complete an online survey

or use this questionnaire which you will need to return to Kingsley Special School in Kettering.

 More information has been provided by the school

Have your say about SEND provision in Northamptonshire

Parent Carer / Settings / Schools / Colleges / Health / Social Care and VCS Survey

Northamptonshire County Council has commissioned a SEND needs analysis of the four areas across Northamptonshire. This will identify current effective, inclusive provision and practice across mainstream education settings (0 to 25 years) health and social care.

To gather views of all stakeholders please access the appropriate survey to contribute your views. Each survey is short and concise. Thank you for completing the survey, your views are important to us.

For further information, the project contact is Gwyn Botterill

Please select the relevant survey to complete:

Children and Young People Survey

Northamptonshire County Council wants to find out how well children and young people with additional needs are supported at mainstream school and settings. We are very interested in gathering the views of children and young people from early years to 25 years of age including those who may also receive support from health and social care e.g. physio, speech and language support, looked after children's' service.

The survey is short and will take about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you for completing the survey, your views are important to us.

If you want to know more about this work, the project contact is Gwyn Botterill,

Please complete the survey below:

Local survey about the experiences people (and their loved ones) with ADHD and ASD  have had with the police

Northamptonshire Police spends more than twenty percent of its time supporting victims of crime and detainees with mental health needs. Over the next three months the commissioner wants to hear from local people to get a true picture of how effective the police, and the criminal justice services, are in supporting people with mental illness, ASD and ADHD, and what can be done to improve those interactions.

The Time2Listen consultation is taking place over the next three to six months and will hear from people via face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, focus groups, workshops and by an online survey. The consultation is also open to parents, carers and loved ones of those with mental illnesses, ADHD, and Autism.

The outcomes and any recommendations from the consultation will be shared with the Northamptonshire Mental Health Criminal Justice Board.

Short Breaks

The Short Breaks consultation has now closed.

The Short Breaks consultation ran from Thursday 26 October 2017 to 6 December 2017. Two surveys for parents and carers, and children and young people were available for completion online, and via hard copy questionnaires. Easy Read versions of the survey were also available. To date (11 Dec)  over 500 people have been reported as having taken part with further hard copies of questionnaires yet to be processed.

Our Shooting Stars supported the Short Breaks consultation process. They developed the questions used in the Short Breaks survey to gain the views from young people who experience SEND to find out if they were using short breaks and what they would like from them.

Participation staff visited 15 youth provisions, enabling over 200 young people to complete the survey for the Short Breaks consultation report.

Ten consultation meetings were held across the county and over 150 people including parents, carers, children, young people, councillors, providers and interested members of the community went to them. They were given a brief presentation which outlined the services currently on offer, the legal duties of the council and Health, plus the reason for the public consultation. Attendees then had a chance to have their say.

Next steps

All information received from the online survey, questionnaires and feedback recorded from the open meetings is going to be consolidated. A consultation report will be written and its results used to feed into the recommissioning process. The report will be published on the Local Offer website in January 2018.

Thank you to everyone who took part or promoted the Short Breaks consultation to parents, children and young people. All of your support is greatly valued. 

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission SEND inspection

An inspection of Northamptonshire County Council's local areas effectiveness in the following areas took place from 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017:

  • identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)

They said that :


The local offer is easily accessible to stakeholders. It is comprehensive, informative and straightforward to navigate, and has an active social media profile."

20:20 Vision For SEND in Northamptonshire

The 20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire events in March gathered information to co-produce with children, young people and their parents, the priorities for improving outcomes for the future.

If you were unable to attend, you can still find out what was discussed. For more information see the 20:20 Vision page.

Local Offer survey

At the time of the 2020 Vision events, we created a survey asking people who use the Local Offer a few questions about how they use it and what they are looking for.


The survey was shared on social media, was live on the Local Offer for March 2017 and was shared via Informer and Schools e-mails to staff.

62 responses from a variety of parents and professionals were received. One young person completed the survey.

Of the 62 responses 88% knew of the Local Offer website and service. They had found out about the Local Offer through a variety of media including being told by professionals who had worked with them, the SNIX magazine, social media and the NCC website. Users had found out about the Local Offer through schools and parent groups in about 20% of cases.

Users reported that they had looked for community and support services (social care) education, and social and leisure activities.

93% found the information useful or fairly useful.

Most contact had been made with the Local Offer team by e-mail.

Suggestions were made to improve awareness of the Local Offer including an invitation to speak to a group of doctors about the Local Offer website.

It is important to us to know that the Local Offer in Northamptonshire provides you with the information that you are looking for. If you can't find something, please let us know. We are happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Viewpoint - a survey for young people

This is an opportunity for young people and children to comment on the Local Offer and tell us what they think.

Complete the viewpoint survey

Once you have completed a survey, you can choose an on-line game to play. Thank you for your feedback.


Sign up for our free SNIX magazine! You can choose to have it sent to you by email or by post.

The SNIX newsletter is one of the ways that we make the Local Offer available for people who don't use the internet for whatever reason. EPIC - a group of young people with disabilities who the government consults with - advised Northamptonshire Local Offer that they thought it was really important for information to still be printed about activities and services. Our SNIX newsletter does this. Our Shooting Stars group are involved in the making of the magazine. Please send us your articles to be considered for publication in the future.

Parents and young people

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • using the Local Offer and giving us feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer
  • being part of the Local Offer Governance Group


Professionals who support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • registering their service or organisation to appear on the Local Offer
  • using the Local Offer search facility and giving feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer

Local Offer team

A Local Offer team is employed as a direct result of the consultation with users. They expressed this as something they thought really important. The team consists of Kathy Forsdyke - Local Offer Manager, Leanne Smith and Julia Smith - Local Offer development workers.

These are our one page profiles:

The team was presented with an award for our production of Easy Read documents by the County Council's group of young people who have SEND, Shooting Stars.

Local Offer Governance Group (previously referred to as the Workstream)

The Local Offer Governance Group consists of representatives from our partners in Health, Social Care, Early Help for Disabled Children, Transitions Team, Education (a leading SENCO), Early Years providers, a parent from NPFG, an advocate from our Shooting Stars group, IASS and the Local Offer manager.

The Local Offer Governance Group meets each term

 Social media

Quality assurance

The information that is available on the Local Offer will be audited and checked annually. The Local Offer team ask for any faults or errors to be brought to their attention by all users.

If you have any recommendations about a service or provider that you have used, we now have the ability to show this on the Local Offer. Please get in touch.

How to contact the Local Offer team