Guidance and policies about SEN and disability

Links to national and local guidance and policies for professionals and parents.

Local guidance and policies

Identifying and supporting special educational needs (SEN Support)

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.

National guidance