What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer team publish information on this website about services available for children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire County Council (and all other local authorities) are required to have a Local Offer according to the following legislation:

  • Provide information for families with children who have a special educational need or disability.
  • Improve choice and transparency for these families.
  • Help professionals to understand the range of services and provision available locally.
  • Improve joint commissioning arrangements for services by setting out (in a single place) what is available locally.

The Local Offer team work closely with the Northamptonshire Parent Forum Group (NPFG) and the Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) to provide the information that families want. The Shooting Stars focus group support the Local Offer team with advice and opinions, and also proofread our easy read guides.

If you would like to be involved then please contact us by emailing LocalOffer@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Here are some of our suggestions to help you search successfully.

  • The top bar will take you to the main Local Authority website.

County Council heading with navigation

  •  The Local Offer name in the left hand corner will return you to the Local Offer home page.

Local Offer Logo

Search for information

Local offer search bar

Use the search bar to find one or more of the following:

  • category (e.g. education)
  • keyword (if you search for more than one word at a time, we recommend you use speech marks e.g. 'toilet training')
  • postcode or place name
  • location (select from drop down menu)

You will get two sets of results in the tab bar - a list of providers and a list with more information.

Two search result tabs

Filters - picture tiles

Click the filter tiles to display the services in that category. You can then filter your list by using the refine filters on the right-hand side of the page (or under the results if you are using a mobile device).

Picture tile filters 

Refining the results

You can refine your search results (if needed) by applying the filters. You can define the age range, choose specific provider types or apply other options. These will vary depending on the original results.

Note: You will need to click 'Apply' at the bottom of each filter list in order to refine the results.

Top tips for using the Local Offer search bar

Do

Don't​

Use single words, rather than a whole sentence

Don’t use too many search options. Try to use no more than two (e.g. keyword and location)

Use speech marks around your search terms  (e.g. "wheelchair basketball")

Don’t use technical or medical words ('deaf' will generate more results than 'bilateral sensorineural deafness')

​Press Ctrl + F5 to refresh the page if something goes wrong

​Don't forget to tell us if you can't find what you're looking for!

 Further guidance

Other pages

The website has other pages (in the black bar) where you can find more information such as the What's On page, which lists stand-alone events for example seasonal activities.

Local offer menu bar

Underneath your results you will find a 'features bar' giving you a quick link to other relevant services.

You can also view our social media posts at the bottom of each page, as well as in the Social Wall page (in the black bar).

Accessibility and Browsealoud tool

  BrowseAloud logo

If you wish to listen to any of the Local Offer content, translate it into another language, simplify the words, use coloured overlays or enlarge the text, you can use Browsealoud by clicking the icon found on the top right hand side of each page.

Accessing the Local Offer information for people who are not online

Information from the Local Offer is available for those who don't have access to the internet by:

  • phoning customer services on 0300126 1000 option 5
  • requesting information from the Local Offer team directly
  • access to printed leaflets and factsheets
  • free access to the internet in Northamptonshire's libraries
  • SNIX magazine

Feedback

We hope you find our website easy-to-use, and that you find what you were looking for. Please let us know what you think by giving us some feedback.

  • special educational provision
  • health provision
  • social care provision
  • other educational provision
  • training provision
  • arrangements for children and young people to travel to schools, colleges and early years education
  • leisure and sports opportunities
  • preparing for adulthood information
  • policies, YouTube links, easy read documents, guides, fact sheets and leaflets

Recommendations from the Local Offer team: