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What is the Quality and Outcomes Framework?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a way the NHS rewards GPs for delivering good practice. It works by rating GP performance in several key areas related to quality care and health outcomes. For example, GP practices gain points for keeping a list of…

What SEN support may include

If a school or nursery decides your child has SEN they will write an SEN support plan. This plan identifies your child's needs, the action needed and planned outcomes. However, if your child's needs are severe or complex they may go straight to the next step…

What should a school do to support children/young people with medical conditions?

All schools should have a Medical Conditions Policy which states how the school will support children with medical conditions. This should include the procedures for getting the right care, the training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out.…

What we expect from schools and settings around SEND

We expect every early years provider, state-funded mainstream and special school and post 16 setting to make effective education for children with special educational needs and disability so that they make good progress in their learning and, in the long-term, can become independent and gain…

White badge parking scheme

What is the White Badge Scheme? The national Blue Badge scheme does not apply in Westminster due to traffic congestion and the high demand for parking in Central London. However, Westminster City Council operate a white badge scheme, which includes a blue badge.  To maximise your parking privileges…

Who can request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment?

Any practitioner working with a child, young person, parent or carer can request an EHC Needs Assessment. If a child or young person is attending an educational setting (nursery, school, college) we recommend that you speak to the headteacher or principal of this setting and…

Who to talk to first

If your child is at school or nursery: always speak to your child's teacher first if you think your child is learning more slowly than they should. They will let you know what they are doing to address your child's area of weakness. If your…

Why do we have Children’s Centres?

Family Hubs and Children’s Centres bring together lots of organisations including Westminster City Council, NHS Westminster and voluntary and community partners to give you and your family the best possible services. The services available at Children’s Centres help children and their families to: be healthy…

Winners of the Local Offer Art Competition

We had over forty spectacular entries as part of our Local Offer Art Competition for children and young people with SEND that ran earlier this year. The creativity and artistic skill on display was astounding and it proved very difficult for our judges to select…

You Said, We Did

The local authority aims to work collaboratively with both young people with SEND and their parents to create a Local Offer resource that meets their needs. As a part of this, we are always collecting feedback on the website so that we can review and…