The law recognises the importance of parents or carers and young people being able to choose their educational setting as far as possible. Getting the right setting can be very important for children and young people with special educational needs (“SEN”).
There are a number of different types of school: mainstream and special, and those which are under local authority control and those which are not. If you want a particular school, it is important to know what type it is.
All children and young people with SEN are entitled to a mainstream education, if that is what their parents want – see below for more information.
The process of choosing a school will be different depending on whether the child or young person has an education, health and care (“EHC”) plan or not.
Schools and other institutions use various descriptors, e.g. infants, junior, primary, secondary, but in order to determine which parts of SEND law apply, you will need to know which category the school falls into
Where a young person or parent of a child with SEN, wants a place in a mainstream setting it must never be denied on the basis that mainstream is unsuitable, or that their needs or disabilities are too great or complex
The process of choosing a school or college for a child or young person with SEN differs depending on whether they have an EHC plan or not
For some children or young people, school or college may not be suitable, and they may need to be educated at home or elsewhere