Education - Special educational needs

What does special educational needs mean?

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If a child has a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of their age, they may have special educational needs (SEN).

As many as one in five children may experience some kind of difficulty in learning at some point of their school life.

Special educational needs in schools

All children with SEN should have their needs met. Most children will get the help they need from their school or early years setting.

Every school in Sandwell has a teacher, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), who is responsible for co-ordinating support for pupils with SEN in their school.

If you are worried about your child's progress ask for a discussion with the SENCO and/or the class teacher so that you can explain your concerns and hear how the school will be able to help.

Support and advice for parents and carers

Parents and carers play a vital role in their child's development and any discussions about how a child's special educational needs should be met.

Their views should always be taken into account and the wishes of the child should also be heard.

Staff at Sandwell SEN service are always ready to answer questions and to work in partnership with parents on issues related to a child's special needs.

We recognise that it is vital for parents and carers to be fully involved in discussions about their child.

Handbook for parents

Sandwell issues a full guide to the support available to children with special educational needs and disabilities in schools, including statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care Plans, in its 'A Guide for Parents and Carers'. Follow the link to access the guide.

Schools in Sandwell

Schools in the local area

Other schools

Education after age 16

If you or your child are looking for options after leaving school there are lots of local colleges that are able to help.

Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs

The SEN Code of Practice provides guidance from the Department of Education to all schools and local authorities on how to carry out their statutory responsibilities.

The SEN Code Of Practice suggests that the more flexible and responsive a teacher's strategies are, the more likely it is that pupils with a range of learning needs will make adequate progress.

Sandwell SEND Information and Advice Support Service

The Sandwell SEND Information and Advice Support Service (SEND IASS) provides neutral advice and support to help parents and carers involved in discussions about their child's SEN.

Sandwell SEND Information and Advice Support Service
Cape Hill Children's Centre
Corbett Street
B66 3PX

Telephone - 0121 555 1821.

Travel assistance

Is your child eligible for help with travelling to school? We also provide training to help your child travel independently to school.

Other documents that might help you

Contact us

Telephone: 0121 569 8240


Children's Services
SEN Service
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
B69 9EX
B69 3DB [postcode for sat nav]