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.

Home school communication

The IASS team are getting research on 'home to school' and 'school to home' communication and would like to know what parents think.

Please let them know what works for you. If you have children in separate schools please complete a questionnaire for each setting.

The survey closes on 30 September 2019.

Complete the parent engagement survey

Home to school transport

The Department for Education have a national consultation for revised guidance on home to school travel and transport.

Home to school travel and transport consultation

Northampton University

Northampton University are looking for adults (over 18) with autism to help deliver lectures, interview staff and student candidates for the social work course.

Payment of £50 for half a day and £100 for a full day's work is available. The successful candidates will need to complete an online training course provided by the university in relation to equality and diversity. They would also need to consent to the university contacting them in line with GDPR.

They need to be confident and able to talk about their own experiences, working with social workers, be confident in participating in interviews panels and provide feedback on the candidates.

An introductory meeting will be held on 17 September 2019.

For more information please contact

Special school provision

A report was submitted to the Cabinet on Tuesday 14 May 2019 about specialist provision in Northamptonshire for those students who have an education, health and care plan.

A consultation survey was live until 14 July 2019 and the results are currently being analysed.

Purple Tuesday

Northampton Borough Council are consulting with residents, businesses and visitors to the town, about setting up a Purple Tuesday for 2019. Purple Tuesday is a fantastic initiative that takes place once a year on 13 November. It is a great way of recognising the importance and needs of shoppers who have a disability and to promote inclusivity.

In particular they are keen to hear from individuals with disabilities, impairments and health problems that may make shopping in a town centre more challenging.

Details of spending controls announced by Northamptonshire County Council

The Commissioners issued the following statement on 28 March 2019:

"We have recommended the lifting of the s114 notice that has been in place since last July, when the Council's budget was projected to be heading for a £30m overspend.  The Council's latest financial monitoring report, covering the first 11 months of the year, is broadly balanced.

Brian Roberts, Finance Commissioner for the Council, said: 'We are impressed that this has been achieved without the use of any funds other than those budgeted for at the beginning of the year. The County Council is living within its own means and has demonstrated that it is capable of doing so without putting services at further risk. It is a significant achievement which reflects well upon the Members and staff of the Authority.

"Whilst the disciplines of the S114 process have assisted in this - and will be retained - there is no longer a need for the Council to live under the shadow of this failure."

This is the official information released by the county council for stakeholders following the announcement made by the Director of Finance when the Section 114 notice was issued.

Northamptonshire County Council current consultations

You can contribute to the current consultations being undertaken by the county council.

Have your say on consultations

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
  • File Download - Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)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.

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.

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 and Julia Smith - Local Offer development worker.

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

The Local Offer Governance Group consists of representatives from our partners in Health, Social Care, Specialist Support Services, Transitions, the voluntary sector, Education (a leading SENCO), a parent from NPFG, The Shooting Stars participation worker, IASS and the Local Offer manager.

The Local Offer Governance Group meets each term, with the minutes below:

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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