SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability), Bury Local Offer the story so far

The SEND Local Offer is a guide to information about services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

In March 2019, we will be launching a new and improved SEND local offer website. In order to make sure that we get it right, we are currently working closely with parents, carers, children and young people; looking at how to improve the site. We are discussing colours, fonts, imagery as well as the general layout, navigation and functionality.  Working in co-production can often take longer when designing something, however, getting it right is very important to us.

There is so much hard work going on behind the scenes, we thought it important to share where we are up to so you can track our progress and, if you are not already involved, provide your own comments and feedback as we continue to develop the site.

Currently we aim to have the site ready for testing at the end of February, with a view to go live in March.

We are also looking for parents, carers, children and young people to take part in the testing of the new site. This will take the format of focus groups and also online testing. If you are interested and would like to take part in the testing phase, then, please get in contact and send your details to either Matt Peluch, M.Peluch@bury.gov.uk  or Janet Watts J.Watts@bury.gov.uk.

Feedback results

As mentioned above we are working closely with children, young people and parents through “have your say events”, parent forum Bury2Gether, working groups and collecting face to face feedback. Below are just some of the areas discussed and the feedback collected which has influenced the development of the new site:

What do you like about the current website?

How would you want a logo to look?

What do you not like about the website?

What services do you want to find?

What would a good website look like?

Note: Although the website won’t immediately have all the above functions, our aspiration, is that in time we will aim to develop as many as possible of the features mentioned above.

Timetable

Below is an overview of the timetable we are working to, we will update with any changes as we progress – so keep checking!

Month

Action

Are we On track?

December & January

Work with the web designers to develop the first set of designs.

Yes we are, the first design is due just before the Christmas break.

Feedback will be given in the early new year once everyone has had a chance to comment.

January

Feedback on the designs will be given to the web designers once everyone has had a chance to comment.

Changes will be made based on the comments given.

The designs will be agreed and signed off.

Yes we are.

February

The webpages will be built and will be tested by the designers.

The site will be handed over to Bury for further testing.

Feedback given from Bury and amendments made

Following testing the webpage pages will be agreed and signed off.

Yes we are

March

Go live 11th March 2019!

The site will be launched and will publically go live.

Work will continue to track any issues, comments and needed improvements.

Yes we are