What are Special Educational Needs?
Every child with special educational needs should have Special Educational Needs (SEN) support. This means help that is additional to or different from the support generally given to other children of the same age.
The purpose of SEN support is to help children achieve the outcomes or learning objectives set for them by the school. Schools should involve parents in this process.
Find out more about SEN support in mainstream schools in our free document.
All mainstream schools have money for special educational needs support and resources. Schools can decide how to spend this money. This is called delegated funding. This part of the school’s income is sometimes called the notional SEN budget.
Find out about how SEN support is funded.
If you or your child has SEN or a disability and you are unhappy about the help being provided, there are a variety of ways for you to make your voice heard.
Find out more about what to do if you do not agree with decisions about SEN provision.