Accommodating children with special needs in school

This figure is made up of a standard amount of £4,000 allocated to every pupil and then an additional £6,000 to provide SEN support.

If after the school have exhausted that budget at the Additional SEN Support stage the child’s needs are still not being adequately met then a parents next option would be to pursue an Education, Health and Care Plan for their child.

The child’s class teacher stills remain responsible for working with the child on a day by day basis; this remains the case even if the support offered includes group or one to one teaching away from the child’s main class.

This should all be done whilst working closely with any support or specialist staff involved.

There is scope within Additional SEN Support for external specialists to become involved to support the child, this for example could include: The parents have the right to be present at any interview, medical or other test during the statutory assessment, but sometimes the professionals may ask to see the child without a parent present.

The parents should feel free to suggest any other people or organisations they know whose views may be helpful in the assessment of a child.

This would be with a view to the child being placed on an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

An EHCP is intended to make special educational provision so as to the meet the SEN of the child or young person and to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and as they grow older prepare them for adulthood.


It also sets standards for each subject, outlining targets that children should be encouraged to achieve.The SENCO should remain closely involved in supporting the child’s class teacher in terms of continuing to assess the child’s progress and needs and ensuring the planned support is being implemented properly.


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