What is the SEND Local Offer?

SEND means special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Our Local Offer is everything available in our area to children and young people up to age 25, with SEND, and their families. Our website is a hub to share all this information.

How do I find the information I want?

We have two search bars on our site:

The main search bar at the bottom of the homepage searches the information content of the site.

The Directory Search (which shows as two boxes on the home page) is used for searching for organisations or services. 

There is information about things that are happening locally in our events calendar. You can find it here.


What sort of information can I find on the Local Offer?


You can find out about local schools in our directory. For each school, you will be able to find the link to their website (where you can read their SEND report) and their latest Ofsted inspection report.

You can find information from the Early Years right up to post-16 colleges. There is information about mainstream schools and colleges, specialist settings and alternative provision.

There is also lots of information about support available in places of learning for children with SEND, including information about SEND support and EHC plans.


You can find information here about the health services available and advice on what to do if you are worried about your child or young person.

You can read information about different needs and disabilities on this page.

Social care

You can read information here, which explain the different areas of social care, including Early Help, Aiming High and Social Work.

You can read here about the Children With Disabilities service.


You can find out about some of the organisations who can support children and young people and their families on this page:

Advice and Support – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk)

Many of the charities and organisations listed in our directory offer support – search using a key word.

Young people

There is lots of information on the website for young people (aged 14-25) who are preparing to become adults in this section: Information for young people – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk).

A list of colleges and training providers can be found on this page Age 16+ – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk). There is information about other training options here: Supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk)

Things to do

Our events calendar has lots of different activities that are going on all over the city. If you have an activity you would like to add you can suggest an event here.

You can also find many organisations who offer activities in our directory. Try searching for a key word like ‘dance’.

You can also look for holiday activities Holiday activities – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk) and for information about our Short Breaks Service Short break services – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk).

How is the Local Offer produced?

Our Local Offer is a live, developing resource that is constantly being updated to reflect what is going on in Stoke-on-Trent. It is co-produced with our community (you can read our co-production charter here) so we can work together to make sure we include the most important information and communicate it in the best way.

How can I get involved?

Your feedback is very important in helping us to improve the Local Offer – there is information on our Feedback page about how you can get in touch with us and a short survey you can complete. Visit our Feedback page by clicking this link. 

How can I keep up to date with the Local Offer?

We produce 2 SEND newsletters – one is aimed at families and the other is aimed at those working with SEND children and young people, but they are both available from our homepage for everyone to read. You can find current and past editions here: SEND newsletters – SEND Local Offer (stoke.gov.uk)