Special educational needs and disabilities

Assessing, statementing and placing children with special educational needs and disabilities is arranged by our special needs administration team, which also manages the associated financial resources. For more information, please contact us.

General advice

Here we provide general advice for schools to help them support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to get the most from their education. Information includes:

Improving extra support for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Special education needs: a graduated response (PDF) explains the criteria to apply in assessing special educational needs or disabilities and the four broad strands of action to be taken to help those needing extra support, beyond that usually provided in the classroom (excluding early years).

More detailed information is also available regarding:

  • early years
  • training is via SENCO network briefings arranged by leading SENCOs and through practitioner training in early years setting.

Assessing special educational needs in bilingual pupils

When assessing whether a bilingual learner has any special educational needs please always consider factors that may have an impact on the child's rate of progress, including:

  • English language development
  • learning task demands
  • past or present social or emotional stress
  • physical or sensory factors.

For information and support with the assessment of bilingual learners who may have other learning needs please contact our race equality and minority achievement (REMA) team.


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