If your child has additional needs or special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities, their school can offer extra support.
Most children with additional needs go to a mainstream school. But this depends on what you feel is best for your child.
Schools have a certain level of responsibility they must adhere to. The SEN Disability Code of Practice says:
“The School Admissions Code of Practice requires children and young people with SEN to be treated fairly. Admissions authorities:
Your child is entitled to a mainstream education if this is what you would like and feel is best. Your child’s school has to make reasonable adjustments. There is limited guidance on what this includes. Either the school or the local authority will pay, but this is usually decided on an individual basis.
Sometimes mainstream education may not be appropriate for your child. You can speak to your child’s GP, the local authority and local schools to make a decision on this. There are other options, including special schools. These might be schools under local authority control, or schools that aren’t (academies).
If your child has an EHCP, then the process of choosing which school is best is different.
There are other options for SEN support that you can raise with your child’s school:
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