Special Education Need and Disability (SEND)

What is SEND in Schools? 

A pupil has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which requires special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. 

A child may also have SEN if they have a disability which prevents or hinders him/her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. 

What do schools have to do?

All schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children within their community.

 It is their job to support parents in providing the best possible education for children.

As part of the changes being implemented by the Department for Education in 2014 all schools must publish information about how they support special needs pupils. 

This is called the “Local Offer”. Schools must also publish information on their website about how they support SEND pupils within their own establishment.

Please continue to read what the Derby offer is for SEND and other links and expert advice. 


Special Education Needs and Disability Guide

Download the official government guide for parents and carers.

SEND Support during COVID-19 Lockdown for Parents

Follow Parent Carers Together CIC Facebook Group for support and keeping connected during these uncertain times.

They endeavour to keep SEND family needs at the heart of their community.

Taken from their FaceBook Account:

As we enter uncertain times, we want Derby City parent carers to know we are in this 'TOGETHER'. We are passionate about having those conversations, to rethink support and maximise help. Looking out for each other and sticking together will be what pulls us through the challenges that lay ahead.

Never has there been a need for us to build resilience, feel informed and be part of a community than there is now. Being part of social connections that understand our family's uniqueness will be critical to us all getting by.
We were tasked with questioning what would help; we knew what our members need; 'Real' action, in real-time from experts who can help. We know you need a fantastic team of professionals who can bring support directly to your homes when you need it the most for the foreseeable.

Facebook @derbycityparentscarerstogether

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