Most children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) go to a mainstream school.
Mainstream schools must do everything they can to make sure children with SEN get the extra support they need to achieve as well as they can. The school does this through a system called SEN Support in mainstream schools. See our leaflet:
This means that the educational setting makes additional or different provision to meet a child’s needs. Sometimes other professionals will give advice or support to help your child learn.
If your child does not make progress despite the SEN support an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment might be the next step.
If you would like to request an assessment of your child’s education, health and care needs, please send a short email to the SEN team to let them know that you wish to make a request and provide your contact details. They will get back to you with information about next steps and will arrange how you can share information about your child with them.
Please do not post your request during this time of social isolation, therefore, if you are unable to contact the SEN team by email, they will be happy to receive a request over the telephone.
The contact details for the Area SEN Offices can be found at:
Please also see our leaflet for further information about the statutory assessment process:
An EHC needs assessment will not always lead to an EHC plan. The information gathered during an assessment may indicate ways in which the education setting can meet the child or young person’s needs, without the need for any special educational needs provision through an EHC plan.
You can find out more about Education Health and Care (EHC) plans here:
Please also see our leaflet:
You can find out how an EHC plan can be put together here:
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan the plan will be reviewed on an annual basis. Please watch the video below to find out more: