All children learn at different rates and many will need a bit of extra help at some point during their time in eduction. Children who have a lot more difficulty learning than most young people their age can be said to have special educational needs (SEN). This could be because they have a learning difficulty, a physical disability, sensory impairment or behaviour problems. Some children's special needs are clear from a very early age, for others these will emerge as they journey towards adulthood.
In this section we look at identifying the educational support for that is available at key points in a child/young person's education:
Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
For children and young people with complex special educational needs a new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Pathway has replaced the former statementing process. For further information on education provision for children with an EHC Plan please see the 'related links' on the right side of this page.