Finding a school that is a good fit for your child is a minefield. But imagine how complex that process gets if your child has additional needs, or you suspect they may be struggling in class. 

Understand your rights to access SEN support and advice

Every school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). A school cannot legally function without one and one who is qualified in the field of special educational needs (SEN). All SENCOs must have the National SENCO Award and it is your right as a parent to know that your SENCO does. The SENCO should be working strategically with teachers, parents, and pupils to ensure that pupils with additional needs are being supported, and those with emerging needs are appropriately assessed so they too can benefit from additional support. Once a child is assessed and their level of need is established, a good school would meet with parents to discuss next steps and put an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place.
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