Wherever possible, children with special educational needs will be educated in a mainstream school.
Schools must do everything they can to make sure children with special educational needs get the support they need.
Some children need extra support and might go to a:
- Mainstream school which has been adapted or has specialist teaching and therapists
- Special school
Every school must publish information about how it supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities - this is known as its Local Offer. Visit our children with additional needs directory to view each school's Local Offer information.
Who to talk to about support
The first person you should speak with is your child's teacher.
You can also speak with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (usually referred to as a SENCO). Each school has one. They:
- Are a qualified teacher who helps to identify children who have special educational needs
- Make sure children are getting the right help and support
- Make sure they they keep the parents up to date with what's going on
Sometimes a teacher will identify concerns about a child's progress and speak to the parent about it.