Schools, nursery schools and colleges should identify pupils who may be having difficulty, and decide whether SEN support is appropriate.
A child does not need a medical diagnosis to be recognised as having SEN.
SEN support means help that is in addition to, or different from the support given to all children of the same age. Schools must use their ‘best endeavours’ to do all they can to make sure that they meet a child or young person’s SEN.
Sometimes, you may be the first to notice that your child has special educational needs. If you think your child in nursery or school needs SEN support, talk to their teacher or to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
For colleges, you will need to talk to the ‘student and additional learning support team’; this information should be on the college website.
Where a pupil is identified as having SEN, settings should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place. This support will take the form of a four-part cycle, known as the graduated approach. (See next page – Assess, Plan, Do, Review).
The SEND Code of Practice says
“ Children and young people should be enabled to achieve their best, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training” (6.1).