education

beginners guide to SEND

All children learn at different rates. Children who have a lot more difficulty learning than most kids their age can be said to have SEND which stands for special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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under fives

Most children with special educational needs will be able to begin their education in the same mainstream playgroups, pre-schools and nurseries as other children.

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school age children

Most children in Sussex are educated in mainstream schools and this includes most children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of SEND.

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14 and over

All children have a right to full-time education up to the age of 19, and many children with special educational needs benefit enormously from these last few years, whether they stay on at school or move on to a college of further education or into training.

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EHC needs assessments & plans

If your child has been receiving extra support for their special educational needs in school for a while, but doesn't seem to be making progress, the local authority can be asked to carry out an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment. This may lead to your child getting an EHC plan.

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bullying, exclusions & discrimination

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can give young learners challenges at school beyond the classroom. They may be at risk of bullying, or they may become bullies themselves due to the additional pressures they face. They can also face discrimination from schools, and you may need to fight to get the support your child needs.

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education complaints

Our teachers, teaching assistants and education specialists most often do a great job. However, occasionally, you may not be happy with the level or type of support your child receives in school or college. This page tells you how to complain about your child's education.

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