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SEN Support

Introduction to SEN Support

What is SEN Support?

Every child with special educational needs should have SEN Support. This means help that is additional to or different from the support generally given to most of the children of the same age.

The purpose of SEN Support is to help children and young people achieve outcomes or learning objectives set for them by the school in conjunction with parents and the pupils themselves.

If you think your child has a special educational need that has not been identified by their school or nursery, you should talk to your child’s teacher, or ask to see the SENCO (this is the person in school who has particular responsibility for coordinating help for children with special educational needs) or Headteacher. You will be able to talk about your concerns and find out what the school thinks.

Working together with your child’s teachers will often help to sort out worries and problems. The closer you work with them, the more successful any help for your child can be.

All early years settings, schools, academies and colleges are responsible for meeting special educational needs through teaching that is adapted and personalised for individual children. Some children will need support that is additional to or different from what is provided for most of its peers. This kind of help is called special educational provision and education settings must make every effort to ensure that this is in place for children who need it.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0 – 25 gives guidance to all of the people that help to identify, assess and provide support for children with special educational needs.

Click here to download the SEND Code of Practice: