As part of the Local Authorities commitment to you on progress of your new Local Offer website and your input to the development of the site, we have detailed your areas for improvement here, on the ‘You said, we did’ page. This page will continue to be updated as we progress with the suggested improvements to the site. We hope that you find the changes made demonstrate our commitment to you in improving the Local Offer website.
You said: A directory data check should be undertaken on a regular basis to help keep provider information up to date (July 2017).
We did: A quarterly review plan was implemented in September 2017 to invite providers to update their information. The first broadcast was sent in October 2017, This will be repeated on a quarterly basis (October 2017).
We did: We're now keeping an activity log which is updated regularly and is available for download. (September 2016)
We did: We reviewed and refreshed the current website in line with your comments and suggestions, our new Local Offer site is easier to navigate and will provide a more efficient signposting service (September 2016).
Yous said: Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is inaccessible for young people. Terminology used does not mean anything, there is too much jargon and policies need to be easy to read (July 2016).
We did: We have considered accessibility options with the new provider and identified how to improve accessibility and implement the changes required. The jargon buster has been updated and included on the new website for reference (September 2016).
You said: The use of PDF documents need to be converted to word documents for ease of use (July 2016).
We did: We are uploading information in a word format and will avoid the use of PDF documents where possible. The font size format has also been revised. We have provided a web link to the school(s) website (September 2016).
We did: We redefined the front page so the link to our corporate system is clear to all site users. We have included a compliments and complaints section to sit within ‘You said, we did’ (September 2016).
We did: We created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Local Offer site to enable us to have direct contact with you and we will endeavour to provide a prompt response to your questions (September 2016).
You said : Section 41 language used is complicated for parents and not user friendly, how to access a placement is not clearly provided and information on contact details for advice and guidance (July 2016).
We did: We considered how to make this more accessible - Provide a summary of admission routes to inform parents and carers.
We have encouraged the section 41 providers to register as providers on Staffordshire cares local directory
Key contact information available to the users (September 2016).
We did: We are currently awaiting the update of the Independent schools SCC has commissioned in the last 5 years and this will be uploaded onto the website on receipt (September 2016).
We did : This has now been rectified on transfer to the new provider (September 2016).
You said: Where are the private, voluntary and independent providers (PVIs) – no addresses or postcodes are available. Early Years Link to Family Information Service (FIS) (July 2016).
We did: We have ensured that access to link to family information service directory clear and easy to find
The filters have been updated to ensure they are more appropriate for your use (September 2016).
We did: The Education Offer is what our Schools and Further Education (FE) providers are able to support learners with. The SEND provision is what our settings are able to offer (September 2016).