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Accessibility Strategy

The Local Authority has a duty to produce an Accessibility Strategy which should outline how the LA intends to improve disabled access to those schools for which it is responsible and increase the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education…

Education Health and Care Plans

These pages contain information about services for children and young people with a Special Education Need (SEN) or Disability. To view different services offered please use the categories listed on the right hand side of this page, there you will find information on what is…

The Education Heath and Care (EHC) needs assessment process

The EHC needs assessment process takes up to 20 weeks from start to finish. This process starts as soon as the Local Authority (LA) has recieved a request for an EHC needs assessment from: the parent of a child or young person under the age…

Mental Capacity

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a vitally important piece of legislation that applies within England and Wales and makes a real difference to the lives of people who may lack mental capacity.  It empowers people to make decisions for themselves wherever possible, and protects…

Personal Budgets & Direct Payments

What is a Personal Budget? A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver provision set out in an EHC plan where the parent or young person is involved in securing that provision. Personal Budgets are optional for the…

Process for amending an EHCP at Secondary transition phase

Applying for a Secondary school place is a complicated procedure. It is important that you apply for your choice of secondary schools in the same way as everyone else; however you must be aware that there are additional procedures that you must also complete if…

Requesting a Statutory Assessment for an EHCP (SEND Information for parents)

The needs of the majority of children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities will be met within mainstream education settings (pre-school, school, college etc.) through SEN Support. For more information please see SEN Support in Mainstream Schools. You may also find it…

Resolving disagreements about Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) provision

Sometimes problems can arise from a misunderstanding which can easily be clarified by talking to the right person.

SEN Capital Funding

Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding nationally (2018-2020) to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities…