Useful Information & Documents

Useful Information Coronavirus COVID-19

We have put together some helpful information and support that you may find helpful during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

These can be accessed on the dedicated page for Help and Information: Coronavirus COVID-19

Early Years

0-5 Years Developmental Guide - Parental Booklet
Newborn to 5 years  – where you can get support and the different developmental stages
Early Years Strategy
Early Years Strategy – This strategy describes what we will do together in Halton to ensure that regardless of their circumstances, every child and family can thrive.
Everyone - Early Help Strategy

Everyone – Early Help Strategy 2018-20121 This strategy aims to build upon the good practice and existing strategies from early help and prevention which already exists in Halton.  The overall aim is to support people to maximise their potential, and as a consequence, enjoy a better quality of life.  Early help approaches are often ‘enabling’: equipping individuals and communities with the tools to succeed, rather than interventions being imposed upon them.

School Age – Primary, Secondary

Searching for a School?
Looking for a local school – Search for a school
School Admission Information
Information for school admissions in Halton is available from www.halton.gov.uk/schooladmissions Please don’t hesitate to contact the Child Place Planning Team on 0151 511 7338/7271, or by emailing [email protected], if you have any queries.
Free School Meals
Free school information is available from Halton Borough Council’s website
Help with School Uniform costs?
Halton Borough Council does not provide financial support for these costs, although the following advice may be helpful:
  1. Check with your local Halton Children Centres as they may have items available  Runcorn Children Centres and Widnes Children Centres
  2. Most supermarkets have non-branded school clothing available for purchase at a very low-cost
  3. Your child’s school may be able to provide support with the school uniform – you should contact them in the first instance
  4. Check the school website to access their School Uniform Policy for information on how they can help
  5. You could contact the school by phone or email to seek their help
  6. During school holidays, staff may still be available in school for you to contact them for advice by email
  7. If you don’t manage to get in touch with the school before the start of the new term, the Council’s Education Welfare Service advise that you don’t keep your child off school if you don’t have the correct school uniform.  Keeping your child off school without their permission would be classed as an unauthorised school absence
  8. You should dress your child for school in appropriate clothing i.e. plain trousers/skirt, plain polo t-shirt and/or a plain jumper
  9. As soon as possible on the first day of term, contact the school to seek their advice and ask for support (if you have been unable to contact school before this date)
Transitions, Leaving School, Looking Ahead?
Elective Home Education Guidance Booklet for Parents and Carers

All-age Resources

Complaints, Disagreement Resolution and Appeals
These are most commonly made on behalf of a child or young person by their parent, carer or a representative. However, children and young people can make comments and complaints in their own right.

Further information, advice or support is available through Halton SENDIASS for free confidential and impartial support 0151 511 7733  [email protected]

Further details about the different procedures is available on this page Complaints, Disagreement Resolution and Appeals

Halton Education Inclusion Charter
Halton Inclusion Conference 8th October 2019 Delegate Pack
The pack includes the Agenda, Halton Education Inclusion Charter, Guest Speaker presentations, Event Photos

Delegate Pack

Halton Joint Commissioning Strategy 2018-2021
The Halton Joint Commissioning Strategy 2018-2021 explains what we mean by commissioning and how each of the commissioning organisations within Halton has clear areas of responsibility, we believe that in most cases it takes more than one agency to provide the services needed by local communities and individuals. We are committed to developing integrated commissioning arrangements that ensure all of the necessary agencies work closely together to complement and support integrated frontline delivery to meet the needs of local people.
Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The Halton Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies ‘the big picture’ in terms of the health and wellbeing needs and inequalities of the local population. It is based on the analysis of current and predicted health and well-being outcomes and sets out what people want from their services. The JSNA is underpinned by partnership working, community engagement and evidence of effectiveness.
Hate Crime, Anti-Bullying & Prejudiced Incidents

Got Your Back Halton

  • Self-Referral can be made by you or your friends aged 18 or under if you have been a victim of crime
  • Referral by a Professionals/Agency – parental or guardian permission is required to pass the young person’s details on to the service
  • Got Your Back Halton Tel: 0800 6406466, Text GYBMentor to 82228, Email [email protected] 

Hate Crime

  • Cheshire Police – Hate Crime explained, how to report, information and advice
  • Safe in Town Scheme – Look out for the sticker in shop windows if you feel afraid out in Halton


Prejudiced Incidents

Special Education Needs and/or Disability (SEND)

Specialist Teachers
Ami McNamee Lead for Specialist Teaching Advisory and Autism [email protected] 0151 511 8571
Judith Hughes Specialist Teacher Cognition & Learning [email protected] 0151 511 6955

Julie Metcalf


Lyndsey Hignett


Lisa Mart

Lead Teacher of the Deaf and Teacher for Visual Impairment


Specialist Teacher Hearing Impaired


Specialist Teacher Hearing Impaired

[email protected]


[email protected]


[email protected]

0151 511 7065


0151 511 7449


0151 511 6169

Cre Dyas SEND Inclusion Outreach  [email protected] 0151 511 6086
Stacey Holleran Acting Lead for Specialist Teaching Advisory [email protected] 0151 511 6061


North West (NW) SEND Regional Network & other NW Local Offer websites

The North West SEND Regional Network is a partnership of all 23 Local Areas across the North West of England providing monthly newsletters, resources, information and links to the other Local Offer websites

Disability Access Fund (DAF) Early Years
From April 2017, the Government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF) this is new funding for early years childcare providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs.

DAF is to support access to early years childcare provision by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and/or help build inclusive capacity (this may be for the child in question or to benefit children as a whole attending the setting).

Detailed information about the DAF eligibility criteria, entitlement, documentary evidence required, procedure, payment and application process can be found in the:

All-Age Autism Strategy
The All-Age Autism Strategy in Halton aims to take a more joined-up and holistic approach to developing opportunities and realising potential for people with Autism at every stage in their lives
Accessibility and SEND Strategies
Tuition Policy/Referral Form, Policy for Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions and Asthma

Governing bodies have a statutory duty (Children and Families Act 2014) to ensure schools make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.  A medical conditions policy is required to ensure pupils with medical conditions have full access to education, including physical education and school trips.

High Needs funding, Early Years Discretionary Top-up funding (Element 3)

Helps to support children with SEND can include High Needs funding (Element 3), Early Years Discretionary Top-up funding, blocks of specialist teaching, Outreach, advice and recommendations from specialist teachers

The Graduated Approach & Dimensions for Learning
SENCO and Teaching Staff: A Guide to Supporting Children and Young People with SEND
SEND Guidance for Professionals

This document is currently being updated and will be available shortly

Halton SEND Joint Commissioning Framework 2016-2020
The Halton SEND Joint Commissioning Framework 2016-2020 is to improve educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes of our children with a SEND.  It links with both the Halton Joint Commissioning Framework 2018-2021 and the Halton SEND Strategy 2016-2020.
Children’s Education Advisory Service (Ministry of Defence families)
Advice and guidance to MOD families, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEND