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How to use the Local Offer

Following consultation with parents and carers we have organised the Local Offer in to six areas Special Educational Needs, Health, Family Support and Social Care, Becoming an Adult, Life and Leisure and Information, Advice and Support. If you click on the subject headings, you will…

How Top-Up Funding is calculated (Funding Matrix)

To make sure the way funding is allocated to children and young people with Top-Up funding is clear and fair, we have developed a local Top-Up ‘Funding Matrix’. The Matrix can be used to support decision making for the allocation of additional education funding for…

How your child with autistic spectrum condition is supported in school

Children and young people with autistic spectrum condition have different types and degrees of need that require different levels of support. If your child has an autistic spectrum condition, they may have problems with some or all of the following: Communicating with teachers, support staff…

How your child with emerging needs is supported through early years

All early years settings must to put in place a ‘graduated approach’ to supporting children’s learning development. This is a system to identify and meet the needs of all children, including those who may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Settings include all private…

How your child with general learning difficulties is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of learning difficulty that require different levels of support. If your child has learning difficulties, they may have problems with some or all of the following: Memory Learning how to speak Understanding others Reading and writing Maths skills Putting…

How your child with hearing impairment is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of hearing loss that require different levels of support. A hearing impairment is likely to have an impact on your child’s speech and language development, literacy skills, social communication and emotional development. When babies are born they are assessed…

How your child with physical difficulties is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of physical difficulty that require different levels of support, but pupils with physical difficulties learn well in mainstream schools if attention is paid to their specific needs. If your child has a physical difficulty, they may also have learning…

How your child with social, emotional and mental health needs is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of social, emotional and mental health needs that require different levels of support. If your child has social, emotional or mental health needs they may have problems with some or all of the following: Being unhappy, with low self-esteem…

How your child with speech and language difficulties is supported in school

There are a wide range of impairments covered by the term speech and language difficulties, including the following: Expressive language – for example your child’s ability to speak in sentences Language comprehension – your child’s ability to understand what people say Social communication – your…

How your child with visual impairment is supported in school

There are different types and degrees of visual impairments that require different levels of support. A visual impairment is likely to affect how your child makes sense of the world around them and how they move within it. Visual impairment is often identified early through…

I'm worried my child has SEN

It is important to identify children who do have special educational needs (SEN) as early as possible. This ensures they get the help they need to learn and develop to the best of their ability. If your child has SEN, they may need extra help…

Impartiality

The the diagram guide for those employed by the Council, schools and other partners who are not specifically appointed in an advocacy role.

In full-time study and training after Year 11

If you attend a school or college after age 16 or take a Foundation Learning course with a training provider ... ... your family may be able to claim: Universal Credit T: 0800 328 5644or in some cases: Child Benefit T: 0300 200 3100 or…

Include your Organisation or Service in the Islington Local Offer Directory

If your organisation or service is an Education or Health provision or a voluntary or charitable organisation that supports Islington children with special educational needs then we would like to hear from you. Your organisation or service can be considered for inclusion in the Local…

Independent advice and support

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) provide advice and information to children with SEN or disabilities, their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities. They provide neutral and factual support on the special educational needs system to help the…

Infant feeding and relationship building from birth to around 6 months

Breastmilk or first infant formula is the best source of all the food and fluid your baby needs in the first 6 months of life. If you are breastfeeding, breastmilk will continue to give your baby extra protection against illness, for as long as you…

Information and Support for People with Learning Disabilities

Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP)Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP) is a health and social care team working with people who have learning disabilities.Learning disability‘Learning disabilities’ describes the challenge that some people have in learning, understanding, and with everyday life skills such as managing money, reading, or…

Information for children and young people who are electively home educated

We have put together the following information to support you in your home schooling (also called elective home education). Not all children in England go to school and that is because parents have a choice about whether to send their children to school or to…

Information for families, Islington FIS

Free, impartial information and advice for families with children and young people aged 0-25 and the practitioners who work with them.  Phone: 020 7527 5959 (answer phone outside 9am to 4pm)Email: fis@islington.gov.ukFollow us on Facebook  

Information for new or existing Personal Assistants

If you would like a career in the care sector, being a Personal Assistant could be for you. A Personal Assistant is employed by older or disabled people who need some support to help them live independently in their homes. Being a Personal Assistant is…

Information for parents who are electively home educating

Information parents or carers who are educating their children at home, or who are considering this as an option.  What is Elective Home Education (EHE)? Elective Home Education is when parents or carers choose not to send their child to school, but to educate their…

Information Sharing and Confidentiality

Practitioners recognise the importance of information sharing, but in some situations may feel constrained by uncertainty about when they can do so lawfully. This is especially so in early intervention and preventative work, where information sharing decisions may be less clear than in safeguarding or…

Interviews

The interviewer has already seen your CV or application form and thinks you may be suitable, so ... ... don't panic but do prepare, it is essential if you want to have a good chance of getting the job. Plenty of tips to help you with…

Is someone doing something sexual to you or a friend and getting something for it?

This is sexual exploitation and it is illegal They could be offering you money, gifts, or somewhere to stay in return for sexual activities. You don’t have to put up with it.

Islington Children and Young People’s Health Strategy

This animation was created with support from local young people to briefly explain the five year plan that has been developed to improve the health of children and young people in Islington. The plan is known as the Islington Children and Young People’s Health Strategy…

Islington Disability Register

Islington Council is required to keep a register of disabled children under the Children Act 1989. All Islington children and young people who have been issued with an EHCP are automatically added to the local Disability Register.  If you do not want your child’s name…

Islington SEND Parent Parliament

When parents and professionals work together, recognising each-others expert knowledge, better decision are made. Working together helps: Professionals understand how to develop and deliver services to meet the needs of children and families Parents to understand some of the difficulties faced by those who arrange…

Islington SEND Parents Charter

The Islington SEND Parents Charter has been developed by our Parents Forum in co-production with colleagues from Education, Health and Social Care. It outlines the 10 most important principles that Islington parents believe all providers (including schools, voluntary sector etc.) should follow in order to…

Islington Sensory Team

The Sensory Team provides suppport services to people who are:blind and partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have a dual sensory loss. The Team provides specialist assessments relating to sensory impairments which may identify rehabilitation, equipment and/or support needs.The Team includes a…

Islington's youth hubs and adventure playgrounds

Islington's Youth Offer includes: A range of facilities and services for young people, including youth hubs, adventure playgrounds, and loads of clubs and groups. We can also help when things get tough and you need a bit of extra support, or need someone to talk to.  Use Google…

Jargon Busting

Although we try hard not to, sometimes our Local Offer pages may include a word or phrase that is not well understood outside of a particular profession or area of work.  These words are sometimes called 'jargon'. We are committed to making sure that our…

Job information

Try these websites: National Careers Service has information on hundreds of jobs and careers Prospects the official graduate website - has job profiles for those with a degree These sites have videos from workers across all sectors of the economy: Careerbox - careers videos on companies and individuals  …

Job Search Planner

Planning your search Try to set aside some time each day for finding and applying for jobs Knowing the best places to look for vacancies, developing good job hunting skills, planning, organising and recording what you do in your job search will save time and…

Job trends in Islington

In Islington, most employers are small private businesses on a single site There are over 18,000 businesses in Islington. Most of these employ between 1 and 9 people but there are  around 100 businesses and organisations that employ over 250 people. Where do people work…

Jobs and work

Finding, getting and keeping a job that suits you may not be straightforward. It may well take some time to find, and land, the right job. Do you know where to look for job vacancies? Do you need help to improve your CV or prepare for an…

Joint Commissioning

Local Authorities and their health partners are required under the Children and Families Act 2014 to commission services jointly for children and young people with SEND, both those with and without EHC plan These arrangements could involve joint funding agreements or pooled budgets The joint…

Keeping safe

This web page gives you information about ways to keep safe at home, on the street and from other people.Islington council, the police and other organisations are working together to make Islington a safer place.They can give advice about protecting yourself from:Street theft and phone…

Keeping your information secure on the internet

Make sure you are safe online Find out how to keep your personal information safe when you are online, look at the External links section for further information.

Knives, guns and weapons - are you feeling unsafe?

If you are worried about knives, guns or other weapons ... ... this information aims to help you decide what to do and explains the law around weapons, so you can make informed decisions. Worried about violence and weapons? Violent crime is a worry for…

Know the facts about cannabis

The following film has been created to help explain how the chemical compounds in cannabis affect your brain and the risks of smoking the super-strength form of the drug, skunk Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world, including the UK, where…

Kooth

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online counselling and emotional well-being platform available to all children and young people attending Islington secondary schools.  The service provides online support and can be accessed through mobile, tablet and desktop. Log into Kooth

Latest vacancies and other opportunities

Check out the links below for the latest Islington youth's opportunities This page is kept up to date on a weekly basis Islington Working - register on the 'go to' site for Islington residents, to see details of vacancies in Islington and surrounding areas. Islington's…

Learn and succeed

The way to prepare for the future is to get the best grades you can and stay in training and education after Year 11 During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or range of subjects as other 11…

Learn more and earn more!!

Statistics show that learning pays Qualifications have a big effect on pay Usually the higher your qualifications, the more you're paid The 'pay and qualifications graph' below shows ... ... the average gross weekly pay of full-time employees aged between 16 and 64 by highest…

Learning disabilities or medical conditions - more information

If you have good up to date information on your disability or medical condition, you will feel well informed and able to make decisions with confidence. There are online health directories that are easy to use. National and local organisations, often charities, also provide specialist advice,…

Legal highs

Legal highs, also known as psychoactive substances: Are drugs that produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs but are not banned by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. To get around the law they are often sold under the name of a different product,…

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA), gender-fluid, non-binary, nongender, third gender?

Not sure about your sexuality? Questioning your gender? If you have been struggling with your identity and need support to work out who you are there are organisations that offer help and advice. You may feel alone but you're not, there are other young people…

Letters

You will need to send a Covering letter with any applications you make It should be well-presented to impress the employer.  You can also write to firms that you want to work for even if they are not advertising for staff. Many jobs each year…

Level 4-6 Higher Education

Institutions of higher education (IHE) include universities and colleges of higher education.Many further education colleges also offer higher education (HE) course that are accredited by an IHE. Level 4 Qualifications:Certificate of Higher Education (CHE): Offered at colleges and universities on a full or part-time basis. Comparable…