Information about special educational needs and what to do if you suspect your child needs special education.

What a special educational need is

The term 'special educational needs' has a legal definition:

  • Children with special educational needs all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.

What you should do if you suspect your child has a special educational need

  • First discuss this with your child's teacher
  • You can also contact the Special Educational Needs team

If your child has a special educational need

The local school will meet the needs of the majority of children. For pupils identified as needing special help, funding is available for the school.

In some instances it may be decided that the child should have Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment under the Children & Families Act 2014: Part 3, which can lead to an EHC Plan.

The majority of children with EHC Plans continue their education in their local school, but we also maintain special schools and specialist resourced provision in mainstream schools.

Contact SEN Assessment and Commissioning Team