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Special Educational Needs

What if i still have concerns

If you are not happy with anything the early education setting or school does for your child, you should first talk to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or your child’s class teacher. You could also talk to the headteacher. It is important that you co-operate as much as you can with your child’s school in any discussion about your child’s SEN. You may find it helpful to write down your worries before a meeting and, if you want to you can take a friend or relative with you. You may also find it helpful to talk to other parents. You can also contact the parent partnership service who can also give you the names of local voluntary organisations and parents’ groups that might be able to help you.

If your child still does not seem to be making enough progress or needs a lot more extra help, the Local Authority may decide to carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is only required for a very small number of children (about 2% of the total school population) and is only necessary if the school or early education setting cannot provide all the help that your child needs. It is usually only required for children who have the most significant and long-term special educational needs which need a very detailed assessment.

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