Get involved

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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.

Viewpoint - designed for young people

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

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


Sign up for SNIX! You can choose to have it sent to you by email, or posted.

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.

Proposed changes to SNIX policy - tell us what you think

The link below is a proposed policy for the Special Needs Index (SNIX) with some changes relating to how the securely held data held could be shared with appropriate professionals. Parents may comment on this by emailing the Local Offer team.

Learning disability jobs survey

We have been asked by the Learning Disability Partnership Board to share this survey

New special school in Kingsthorpe

In September 2017, a new special school will open for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), replacing the Designated Special Provision (DSP) at Green Oaks Academy.

Read this letter for more information:

The consultation is now closed, please keep checking the Local Offer for updates.

How to contact the Local Offer Team

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 portal 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.
  • being part of the Local Offer Workstream


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

  • registering their service / 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


Northamptonshire Parent Forum held consultations with parents, and Katharine Parker Associated Ltd were appointed to manage the process.

The results of the consultations can be downloaded here:

*Please note that these documents may contain broken links.

Shooting Stars are now part of the consultation group and are asked to comment at each stage. All users of the Local Offer will be encouraged to participate in future developments.

Local Offer team

A Local Offer team has been appointed and is in post 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 recently 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.

Pathfinder Evaluation

Northamptonshire was a Pathfinder authority testing out the draft proposals for the Local Offer.

Evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme can be viewed here:

*Please note that this document may contain broken links.

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

The Local Offer Workstream 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 Workstream meets frequently and feeds into the EHC Implementation and Development Board.

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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.