Isle of Wight recognised by government for support on Special Educational Needs Reforms

Council has been helping families understand the changes and supporting them with how to use them to their full advantage.

Local Offer was lunched by Isle of Wight Council on its website to help parents and carers find the right support for children's with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) . Earlier this month, representatives from the council were invited to London by the Department for Education to attend a ministerial round table discussion to share examples of good practice with six other local authorities. The meeting shared challenges and experiences and highlighted local initiatives on the Island, such as the 'young inspectors'. This scheme, run by the council's Short Breaks service, sees SEND young people inspect activities to ensure they meet their needs. Jonathan Bacon, Isle of Wight Council leader and Executive member for children's services, said: "To receive an invite was testament to the hard work and effort that has taken place on the Island to bring in SEND reforms. "Officers have also been invited to further meetings with the government in future which speaks volumes for the work going on here on the Island. "I offer my congratulations to all the officers and users involved." Visit Local Offer  
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