The Local Offer in Partnership 

The Local Offer is a subscription-based membership service for providers of education, health and social care.

Members of this digital-first operation are the life blood of this social enterprise and it is thanks to their vision, originality and foresight that The Local Offer can now offer increased service choice for parents, carers, schools and local authority commissioners.  

Also significant are those organisations who may not offer services directly on behalf of children and young people with SEND but are nevertheless, significant influencers of service development, design or delivery.  Others, like Linguisticator, may be branching out into services to support children and young people with a range of SEN or disability. 

Partners

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"For those who struggle to learn or remember texts or numbers, Linguisticator’s Memory Course can be game changing. Based in Cambridge, Linguisticator has developed the methods and materials to teach foreign languages by using visual and spatial memory instead of rote or textual memorization. Linguisticator’s Memory Course teaches how to transform our innate human ability to navigate 3-dimensional space into a powerful learning tool. The course specifically addresses the challenges of using memory for language learning, but the principles and techniques can be applied to learning any subject, from history to mathematics.
 
Though designed for a general audience, Linguisticator’s Memory Course should have particular appeal in the SEND community among children and parents alike. Many who face challenges in reading, writing, and remembering facts actually have great spatial and visual memories. By learning to use this type of ability, we can arrive at the same goals from a different approach."
 
Aaron Ralby, CEO, Linguisticator 
 
"I am particularly excited to discover Linguisticator's Memory Palace, using memory systems to assist with recall of information and with the learning of languages in the first instance. The implications and opportunities for supporting the needs of students with dyslexia, general learning difficulties, ADHD, ADD, autism and other special educational needs or disability are potentially vast, and represent a whole field of work and research waiting to be explored. I shall be keen to follow the progess of Linguisticator's field studies and trials with students, both with SEN and/or disability, and without. For students with a poor working memory that impacts on all areas of learning, there is much to be gained from acquiring the simple techniques of the Memory Palace.
 
Aaron at Linguisticator will be seeking expressions of interest from schools wishing to trial the Memory Course in the near future.
All other courses run by Linguisticator are also available to purchase on-line. These include Time Management for Language Learning (free course); Memory Course, Core Course, Arabic, French, German, Italian and Latin American Spanish. 
For any queries, or for more information, pleaes email aaron@linguisticator.com "
 
Heather Stack, CEO, The Local Offer 
 
 

http://www.scramboo.com/working-in-partnership-with-the-local-offer

From the first of September 2014, every Local Authority in England is obliged to publish information about services available to children and young people with special educational needs – the SEND “Local Offer.”

We have written before about research we conducted into how Local Authorities are planning to use digital – and in particular mobile - to publish the Local Offer. Working with Local Authorities and parent partnerships has convinced us further of the potential to use mobile not just as an information discovery channel, but also as an engagement and educational tool for children with SEND. In particular, we see enormous potential in the use of augmented reality, for example, to help children to explore and choose new leisure activities.

We are now delighted to announce a partnership with The Local Offer, an organisation with a wealth of experience in SEND. The Local Offer will complement the technical expertise of Scramboo with in-depth sectoral knowledge and skills.

Texthelp’s product, BrowseAloud extends the government’s digital-by-default agenda to an additional 20% of the population by removing the barriers faced when interacting online.  These barriers include language difficulties and print disabilities such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments, cognitive disorders and where English is not the native language (a growing proportion of the UK population).

Over 7,000 websites are using BrowseAloud to ensure the hardest to reach citizens are not left behind during the government’s digital revolution.  BrowseAloud reduces the cost of citizen interaction and allows citizens and government staff alike to be more productive.  It promotes social inclusion and personal empowerment within the community; putting the citizen’s needs first.