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For children, young people and families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Useful advice and information

Concerns?

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their: behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they may struggle to make friends reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia ability to understand More…

Asking for an assessment

The assessment is all about collecting information.  This involves you, your child and the professionals who work with your child.  The SEN Assessment officer will contact you to explain how the assessment process works understand your views about your child‘s needs understand the outcomes that you More…

Is an assessment needed?

When we receive your request for an EHC needs assessment we log it onto a data base as soon as the request is received and, write to confirm we have received your request and that this is being considered. In considering whether an EHC needs More…

Assessment

Most children and young people with SEND will have their needs met by their nursery, school or college.  Some pupils with more complex SEND may need an assessment to see if they would benefit from having an Education, Health and Care plan. 

Decision

Once all the advice and information has been received and the assessment completed, the next decision is about whether an EHC Plan is necessary. We will hold a meeting with you and the key professionals who have been involved to agree future support arrangements for More…

Your plan

If the draft EHC Plan is approved by Panel, we will send this to you. You will then have 15 days to comment on the plan and you can ask for a meeting to discuss it further it that would be helpful. The draft plan More…

Your review

EHC Plans must be reviewed at least annually and it is usually the nursery, school or college that will arrange & facilitate these. Reports are requested from people involved with the child/young person, e.g. professionals from education, health and social care. Parents/carers are asked for More…

Resolving a disagreement

If you are not happy with what is happening at any stage, you should contact your named Assessment Officer. Very often, these difficulties can be resolved quite easily. You may also contact the Special Educational Needs Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS). If you are More…

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