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SEN – the basics

All children learn at different rates. Children who have a lot more difficulty learning than most kids their age can be said to have special educational needs (SEN). This section explains how and when educational support may be provided to children identified as having SEN read more

who’s who in SEN?

This page tells you about some of the key professionals or bodies you will encounter if your child has SEN read more

under fives

Education in a formal sense is generally seen as starting from the age of two or two and a half. This section will look at mainstream and specialist education for pre-school children. read more

school age children

Most children with special educational needs in Brighton & Hove are educated in mainstream schools and this includes most children with Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans. read more

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. read more

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. read more

bullying, discrimination & exclusions

Children with special educational needs are more at risk of bullying. Sometimes they may be more likely to bully others too. read more

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. read more

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