The Local Offer

What is the Local Offer?

As part of the Children and Families Act, a Local Offer is a requirement for schools, colleges and local authorities to publish the provision available to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.

The Local Offer is a way of letting families know what services are available locally and how to access them.

At Newcastle College we have a strong commitment to meeting the needs of all our learners. Our offer will describe how we support the educational needs of local children and young people with disabilities and/or additional learning needs.

Below is a comprehensive overview of our provision, with further links to information on all of our specialist support teams. We have also included a range of questions and answers from both the parent/carer and young person's perspectives based on guidance provided by the local authority.

Learning Support

Newcastle College can also offer comprehensive support arrangements for learners through our Learning Support Service (LSS).

The service is committed to providing an inclusive education for all learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. We have six support teams who offer specialist advice and guidance in the following areas: 


We can support learners in a number of ways whilst they’re completing their course at college and we have strong links with specialist providers, schools, employers and charities.

Learning Development

We offer a range of bespoke courses for young people aged 16 – 25 years with moderate learning difficulties. These courses focus on the skills that are required to take those learners in to the ‘world of work’, enable them to progress to other courses or enable them to live more independently.

Learners on these programmes will develop their literacy, numeracy, vocational and independence skills which will be relevant to their long term goals and are useful to them in their everyday lives.

The emphasis is on providing a curriculum which allows learners to develop these skills and to ‘learn by doing’ through practical activities, using real and relevant situations. We deliver provision across two campuses which are suitably resourced for the curriculum offer.

Vocational areas such as construction, retail, gardening and motor vehicle are delivered by qualified staff in the specific workshops or practical areas.

Personal tutors work closely with learners, parents and advocates to ensure learners access realistic and relevant curriculum options at entry level which allow the learner to work towards realistic long term goals.

There is a strong emphasis on support for these learners to enable them to overcome their barriers to learning and to independence. The level of support is reduced as and when appropriate to reflect the needs of the individual.

From the Parent/Carer Perspective

Click on the titles below for further information for parents/carers.

Newcastle City Council Local Offer

Newcastle City Council are implementing the Local Offer initiative which brings together information about education, health, care, training, employment, independent living and other important resources together for the first time.

Click here to find out more about the Local Offer from Newcastle City Council