Education, Early Years and Childcare

Contact Details

SEND Service - Contact Details
Contact details for the different teams


Complaints, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Factsheets
These factsheets aim to provide an overview of the processes involved if you are unhappy with the decisions that have been made.

Further information, advice or support is available through Halton SEND Partnership Information, Advice and support service for free confidential and impartial support 0151 511 7733 SENDpartnership@halton.gov.uk



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.



Complaint – Health Services

Social Care


Guide to Mediation

Tribunal Appeals

Special Educational Needs and Disability Appeals

First Tier Tribunal Appeals – SEND

School Exclusion Appeals

Tribunal Appeals – School Exclusion

School Admissions Appeals

Tribunal Appeals – School Admissions

School Transport Appeals

Assisted Travel Appeals – School Transport

Judicial Review

Guide to Judicial Review

Information for Parents/Carers

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:

Early Years Parental Booklet
Newborn to 5 years  – where you can get support and the different developmental stages
Children’s Centres
Children’s Centres provide many different children and family services including activities for parents, parents-to-be, their babies, toddlers, young children and the rest of the family. They are located within your local community so you don’t have to travel far
Free School Meals
Learning and Development - Birth to 5 years old
School Travel
School travel information is available from Halton Borough Council’s website and Independent Travel Training
Parents View
Give your views to Ofsted about your child’s school 
Halton Family Information Service (FIS)
Halton Family Information Service offers free and impartial advice and guidance for families on all childcare and a wide range of children’s services in Halton
Transitions: Looking Ahead?
Helpful Hints & Tips around Transition
Next Steps on Leaving School

Policies, Strategies & Local Data

Accessibility Strategy
Accessibility Strategy 2015-18 will support schools in meeting the needs of disabled pupils, ensuring accessibility of the school curriculum, the physical environment and access to information.
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
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.
Halton's Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review
The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Review assesses the supply of and demand for all types of Early Education and Childcare in Halton and identify any gaps in provision
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.

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 Nurture for Learning 2018-2020
Early identification and early targeted support within the community is vital to ensure that children and young people develop healthy minds and resilience. This Halton Nurture for Learning 2018-2020 is to support collaboration between parents/carers, key adults, school leaders and professionals to improve the outcomes for children and young people
Learning from Case Reviews – Children with Disabilities and/or who are Deaf
SEND Briefing – provides important information around key findings and key messages for staff from case reviews
Local Offer Policy Statement Out of Borough Provision
This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.
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 schooladmissions@halton.gov.uk, if you have any queries.

SEND Strategy
The SEND Strategy is to support meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND to improve their outcomes in terms of:
  • progress made towards targets are realistic and aspirational;
  • access to a full educational curriculum and experience;
  • progress to higher education or employment;
  • independent living;
  • participating in society, and;
  • being as healthy as possible.
Supporting Pupils at School with Asthma & other Medical Conditions
From 1st September 2014, 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 will be required, ensuring pupils with medical conditions have full access to education, including physical education and school trips.

Young people who are unable to access school for 15 days or more in an academic year due to medical issues and are under a Consultant

Education & Childcare

Searching for a School?
Looking for a local school – Search for a school
Private, Voluntary and Independent Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs
Pre-schools, Nurseries, Childminders & Out of School Clubs information, including Halton’s Family Information Service
Nursery Schools

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

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:

Primary Schools
The Bridge - Alternative Provision (KS3 & KS4)
The Bridge School and SEND Information Report 2017-18

The Bridge Admissions Policy 2016

The Bridge School is an Alternative Provision for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils, which  supports the 7 high schools in the borough with preventative and reactive behaviour programmes for permanently excluded pupils.

It is also a Key Stage 4 alternative provider offering 40 on-roll places for pupils that benefit from education out-side of a high school context, this provision is secured at providers across the borough with The Bridge providing quality assurance, guidance and support.

Key Stage 3 provision is either reactive as a result of permanent exclusion or preventative, through outreach and short-term part-time placements at The Bridge School site.

Specialist Provision & Resource Bases
Halton Specialist Provision 2017

This includes Resource Bases in mainstream schools for pupils with a range of SEND with staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of needs.

Specialist Out of Borough Resource Bases
With staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of SEND needs
Independent Schools
The excellent and wide ranging educational provision within Halton is able to meet the needs of most of our children and young people. However where that provision is unable to meet the needs of  a child or young person, then independent specialist schools, either within or outside of Halton will be considered.

This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.

All other Independent Special Schools and Special Post-16 Provision (Section 41 List)
Known as the Section 41 List

The Secretary of State for Education has approved these under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The Government update this list termly.

SEND Specialist Support

Communication and Interaction
Speech, language and communication needs  involves understanding language, forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially.

For more information and support see Communication and Interaction 

Cognition and Learning Difficulties
The Cognition and Learning Service work with schools, parents and other professionals to raise standards of achievement for pupils with cognition and learning difficulties

Contact Judith Hughes, Tel. 0151 511 6955

Social, Emotional and Mental Health
The Educational Psychology (EP) Service work with schools and other partners around Social, Emotional and Mental health – for school staff all Educational Psychologists would be your point of contact.

How can the EP Service help?

  • Provide support and training for staff, children and families
  • Work consultatively to jointly problem solve and to create positive change
  • We have an specialist Educational Psychologist to support Social, Emotional and Mental Health – this work is often strategic
  • Supports nurture based approaches in schools from being nurturing schools to full nurture groups
  • EPs work with staff groups developing and delivering bespoke training for staff, parents and the local community
  • Where capacity allows we can deliver bespoke therapeutic interventions for Children and Young People, however we always try to work holistically with all concerned.

For more information and contact details please look under the Educational Psychology Service option on this section/page

Sensory and/or Physical Needs (Hearing & Visual Impairment)
Enhanced Provision
***PLEASE NOTE this section is under review***

Helps to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) can include additional funding, blocks of specialist teaching, Outreach, advice and recommendations from specialist teachers.


SEND Service-Specialist Teaching Support

SENCO Workshops 2017-2018
SENCO and Teaching Staff: A Guide to Supporting Children and Young People with SEND
Halton's Graduated Approach to Nurture
SEND Guidance for Professionals
This is an in-depth guide to assist professionals in their role of supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

SEND Guidance for Professionals

Support and Resources

Attendance and Behaviour Service
The Attendance and Behaviour Service seeks to ensure families are enabling their children to attend school
Educational Psychology Service
The Educational Psychology Service works with teachers, school staff, professionals and parents to try and identify causes of difficulties/problems and ways of dealing with them. We can offer advice on intervention strategies, Individual Education Plans and behaviour management.
Halton School Games
The Halton School Games forms part of the Government programme which aims to engage and enthuse more young people than ever before to participate in high quality inclusive school competition, supporting all young people to achieve their own personal best through sports participation and leadership. The School Games not only offers an annual calendar of inter school competition opportunities to all Halton primary, secondary and special schools, but also offers to our pupils; leadership development, school to club exit routes and Change 4 Life opportunities to engage our less active and confident children.

Further information about the School Games programme or follow on Twitter @halton_SG

Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator
Gareth Burke is the Halton SEND & Inclusive Sports Co-ordinator, who works with primary, secondary and special schools and other professionals to:
  • provide opportunities for children and young people to access sports, develop confidence and improve their self-esteem
  • support teaching staff and volunteers to improve their skills around inclusive play and physical education

Gareth works 1 day per week and is based at Cavendish School, if you’d like to find out more about the support he can provide you can contact Gareth by email, (a phone number for Gareth will be added shortly).

Health Visiting Service
Health Visiting Service offers health assessments, advice support and interventions to children and families as required in their first years of life

Health Visiting Service Facebook page


NW SEND Regional Newsletters

Safer Schools & Young Persons Partnership

Hear in Halton

Palliative Care Education Resource
Education Resource for babies, children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions to help explain:
  • What is children’s palliative care? Who needs it?
  • What do children with life-limiting conditions need to help them access an education? Does this vary according to different conditions, and how?
  • What should education providers do to meet these needs? What are they obliged to do? What should they do?
Positive Behaviour Support Service
The Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBSS) is a specialist service that works to support behaviour change and improved quality of life for people with autism and/or learning disabilities who engage in challenging behaviour.
School Nursing
Community based teams deliver the Healthy Child Programme for school-aged children and young people 5-19 years of age and work with their families around health needs to promote health and wellbeing with a focus on early help and support
Special Provision Capital Fund Consultation Outcome
As required by the Department for Education, the Local Authority consulted on a proposal to provide capital investment in both the primary and secondary sectors in Halton, to assist in the reduction of placements at independent providers, particularly out of borough and associated transport costs for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.  A link to the Short Plan, original consultation document, and summary of consultation outcomes can be found below:

Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
Special Provision Capital Fund Consultation Document 
Special Provision Capital Fund Response Report



Halton Virtual School - Children in Care
The purpose of Halton Virtual School is to: Support all children and young people in the care of Halton to become resilient and effective independent learners, so that they can achieve their full potential and become full and active participants in society.

For children and young people who are in care to Halton from 0 – 25 years there is a range of interventions and support that we can provide directly.

For professionals and carers we will provide advice and guidance.

For other Local Authority professionals and Virtual Head teachers, the focus of the Halton Virtual School is to act as the main point of contact to support them in gaining admission to an education provision and access to any appropriate support the young person requires to promote their educational attainment and attendance.

However, Halton Virtual School cannot provide any direct intervention or support to children and young people in care to other Local authorities. For further information, please contact Halton Virtual School