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schoolteachersThe work the Isle of Wight Council has carried out to introduce special educational needs and disability reforms has been recognised by the government. 

The council has recently launched the Local Offer, which is designed to help parents and carers find the right support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A dedicated section of the council’s website at provides lots of information and is regularly updated

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.

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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:

“I have spoken to the officers who informed me it was a very positive meeting. 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.”

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families Edward Timpson MP also recognised the work on the Isle of Wight in a speech he gave at a SEND conference in London. He highlighted the young inspectors scheme as exactly the type of outcome the SEND reforms are aiming to achieve.

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