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Special educational needs and disabilities

A child or young person has special educational needs (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or a disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

School admissions

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan, find out how to apply for school places. 

School transport

Parents and carers are responsible for making sure their child goes to school regularly. Sometimes we will make travel arrangements to ensure a child can get to school.

Specialist schools

Some children identified with particularly complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may have their needs met through our specialist school provision.

SEN strategy

​Read our special educational needs and disability partnership strategy.

Education, health and care needs assessments and plans

Find out about the advice and support you can get if you have concerns relating to an EHC needs assessment or plan.

Support for children with sensory impairments

Find out about the support and specialist teaching available to children with visual and hearing impairments.

Education, health and care needs assessment

If your child has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), they may require an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment.

Personal budgets for children with special educational needs

Find out about personal budgets for children with SEND and how you can request one.

Preparing children with special educational needs for adulthood

For many parents, thinking about their child’s future and supporting young people to think about their own aspirations can seem overwhelming and challenging.

Children and young people in school with special educational needs and disabilities

Find out how schools support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Education, health and care plan

An education, health and care plan (EHC plan) outlines the special educational needs of the child and young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.

Services for children and young people with SEND

This page is part of the 'local offer' for children and young people with special educational needs

Explore the local offer