Local Offer - Finding and Choosing a Setting

When it comes to choosing a setting for your child, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This page looks at things you might want to consider when choosing a setting, and details of local and neighbouring education settings.

Types of Settings

Choosing a Setting

You may be unsure how to choose the right setting for your child but it's important to remember that all settings have a duty to provide support to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Whilst different settings may have different resources available to them, whichever setting you choose should outline a plan showing how they will support your child and their identified needs. The setting may be able to apply for extra funding to pay for specialist resources or extra support to help your child reach their expected targets.

When choosing a school for your child, it's a good idea to first look at your catchment area school and the other schools in your local area. You can find details of these on the mainstream schools button above.

All schools have a duty to publish an annual SEN Information Report on their website. This report tells you what you can expect from the school regarding the support they offer children with SEND. Schools also publish a Local Offer Contribution - this document is similar to the SEN Information Report and also tell us what each school does to identify and support children with SEND. The Local Offer Contributions all follow the same format to allow you to easily compare the schools you think you might want your child to attend. You can also have a look on the school's own website to get a better understanding of what they offer overall.

You may wish to contact the school directly to arrange a visit and speak with their SENCO about your child's needs. It's a good idea to have a list of questions ready for when you visit, such as:

  • How will you monitor my child's needs?
  • What support might my child receive?
  • How often will my child's support be reviewed and how will you involve me?

If your child has an education, health and care plan and you're considering a specialist setting then it's important to look at what type of SEND the setting specialises in. 


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Last updated: 25 July 2024 13:15:04


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City of Doncaster Council’s Families Information Service is responsible for co-ordinating and publishing the Local Offer – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

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