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SEN - Assessment & Support Services

Early years settings, schools and post-16 providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities, and to promote equality of opportunity.

They must work in partnership with parents or carers and young people in identifying and providing support for SEN. All settings, schools and providers should follow an approach with four stages of action: assess, plan, do, review.


In many cases early years settings, schools or post-16 providers are able to meet a child or young person’s needs without needing to access additional services. Where this is not the case, there are a number of assessment and support services that can be accessed. These include:

  • Special Needs Early Years Service – providing support for children aged 0 to 5 with SEND
  • Sensory Inclusion Service – providing support for children and young people with hearing or visual impairments
  • Inclusion Support Services – these include educational psychologists and specialist teachers, and support children and young people in schools and other settings with SEND
  • Special School Outreach Service – teachers and other staff from the city’s special schools who work with mainstream schools to put the right support in place.

If you feel that you or your child has SEN and needs to access an assessment or support service, please talk to the school or settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in the first instance.

Please click the link on this page to view Assessment and Support service providers.

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