What are special educational needs?

Special educational needs (“SEN”) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learnRead more

How should the local authority help?

Local authorities have legal duties to identify and assess the special educational needs of children and young people for whom they are responsibleRead more

How should your nursery, school or college help?

Nurseries, schools and colleges have legal duties to support children and young people with SENRead more

Education, Health and Care plans

An EHC plan is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieveRead more

Choosing a school or college

Getting the right school or college setting can be very important for children and young people with special educational needsRead more

Transport to school or college

Local authorities have particular duties towards some groups of children and young people who require home to school transport arrangementsRead more

Exclusion from school

Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are much more likely to be excluded from school than their classmatesRead more

Young people (aged 16-25)

The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the statutory framework of support to young people with SEN up to the age of 25Read more

Model letters

IPSEA model letters are available to download and amend for your own purposesRead more

SEN and disability law

There may be times when you need to refer to the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilitiesRead more

Making a complaint or challenging a decision

Information and guidance for if you need to take further actionRead more

Health and social care

Many children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will also require support from the health service and social careRead more

Do you still have a Statement of SEN?

Since the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014, Statements of SEN have been gradually replaced by EHC plansRead more