Extra support in mainstream schools - SEN support
Information for England
Most children with special educational needs (SEN) go to a mainstream school.
The law says that schools must do everything they can to make sure children with SEN get the extra support they need to achieve as well as they can. Mainstream schools do this through a system called SEN support.
The school must publish information about how they support pupils with SEN. It must also have a policy setting out how it supports disabled pupils to be included in school activities.
Every mainstream school has a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) who is responsible for organising extra help for pupils with SEN. The SENCO works with the class teachers and subject teachers to plan the help each child needs.
The school must tell you if they are giving your child this extra help. It should work with you and your child to plan their support and regularly check how your child is progressing.
What if I have questions about how the school is supporting my child?
It's a good idea to ask for a meeting with the class teacher, form tutor or SENCO to discuss your child's progress.
Before the meeting:
Make a list of any questions or concerns you have. Collect any information that you think will help, such as a medical report if your child has had a recent diagnosis, examples of school work or test results, your own notes about your child's mood and behaviour at home.
Look at the school's information about the support they provide for SEN. This should be on their website.
During the meeting, you may want to ask:
Does the school have any concerns about my child's progress or behaviour?
Is my child on SEN support? What extra help are they getting?
How is the school keeping track of my child's progress?
Has the school referred my child to other support services?
What will the next stage be if my child needs more help?
How can I work with you to help my child?
It is a good idea to make sure that at the end of the meeting, you and the school agree what will happen next. Ask for this to be put in writing.
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