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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will attend mainstream schools. If the school thinks they need additional support this will be met through SEN support. They must tell you if they are making special educational provision for your child. If you are worried about your child’s learning then ask for a meeting with the class teacher.

The Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice says that schools should use a four part cycle (Assess, Plan, Do and Review). This means that the school and teaching staff should identify extra support your child needs in order to make progress, put this support in place and regularly check how well it is working so that they can change the amount or kind of support if they need to.

The school should draw up a plan, involving you and your child, focusing on outcomes your child needs and wants to achieve and detailing how the school will support them to achieve these. They should also meet with you three times a year to review how your child is progressing.