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Support for Special Educational Needs

Where a child/young person is identified as having SEND, schools and colleges should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.

This SEN support replaces the categories of School Action, School Action Plus, Early Years Action or Early Years Action Plus. It can be accessed for children and young people with varying levels of need, not just those who are undergoing an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment or have an EHC plan.

SEN support should take the form of a four-part cycle through which earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the child/young person’s needs and of what supports them in making good progress and securing good outcomes. It should remove the need for families having to repeat their stories and having to go through duplicate assessments.

In determining whether SEN Support is appropriate for a child/young person it will be necessary to clarify what they require that is additional to or different from that which is normally provided by the setting as part of its Local Offer. 

A leaflet has been produced which explains more about SEN Support. This can be viewed from the "download" section of this page. A quick-read version of the leaflet has also been producted and can also be found in the "download" section. It is entitled "Summary for Parents and Carers". 

Ofsted/CQC Inspections:

The Department for Education (DfE) has asked Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission to inspect all local areas in England over a 5 year period (from May 2016). The purpose of these inspections are to ensure that the arrangements that are being made to identify and support children and young people with SEN and disability are effective. You can find out more about the background to these inspections by accessing the DfE guidance, which can be found under the related links, which can be found on the right hand side of this page. 

You can find out more about the various stages of Nottinghamshire's EHC Plan Pathway by clicking on each of the circles below.

Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre:

Telephone: 0300 500 80 80
CSC minicom: 01623 434993
We are open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm.

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