School support for special educational needs | Oxfordshire County Council

School support for special educational needs

Educational provision and support for children and young people from 5-16.

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Identifying and supporting special educational needs

We have produced guidance for early years providers and primary schools (pdf format, 1.7Mb) and secondary schools (pdf format, 1.1Mb) on identifying and supporting children and young people with special educational needs.

It sets out:

  • a clear and consistent approach to identifying when a child or young person has special educational needs and how to support them to achieve good outcomes.
  •  how parents, children and young people should be involved and how they can contribute to decision making.
  • expectations of what schools and settings will put in place for the funding that they receive.

It includes an introduction for parents, a detailed glossary of words and acronyms that you may come across and guidance about good practice when holding a review meeting.

Quality First Teaching

YouTube video has been produced by Oxfordshire’s School Inclusion Team (OXSIT) about Quality First Teaching to help schools maximise progress for all learners.

Visit to find out more about how the team work with schools to improve outcomes for learners vulnerable to under-achievement.

Finding a school

Most children and young people with special educational needs attend their local mainstream school or academy.

Alternatively contact and address details can be found using the Oxfordshire schools search.

Special schools and specialist resource bases

Children and young people whose needs are supported by an Education, Health and Care plan may access special educational provision, either by attending a special school or a specialist resource base attached to a mainstream school.  Specialist resource bases provide for children with specific needs eg hearing impairment.

Independent and non-maintained special schools in England

You can view an approved list of all independent and non-maintained special schools in England  on the Department for Education website

Accessibility for all

Schools and education authorities have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children and young people.

The Schools Accessibility Strategy - revised 2017 (pdf format, 408Kb) helps schools, parents and young people understand what this means, with practical examples of how it can help children and young people to be included at school. Within this strategy is an Accessibility Strategy Toolkit (pdf format, 425Kb) which any school can use

Last reviewed
19 October 2017
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