SEN Support

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 (6.1) says:
….all children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and the fulfilment of potential. This should enable them to:
• achieve their best;
• become confident individuals living fulfilling lives; and
• make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training

This applies to ALL children and young people, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Special educational needs (SEN)

What does the Law say

In easier terms

Do schools have a duty to help?

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 (6.44) says: where a pupil is identified as having SEN, schools should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place.

Every school is required to have systems in place to identify children who are in need of support and to assess, monitor and secure appropriate support for any SEN they may have. Each school (covered by the SEN Code of Practice) must:

  • use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEN gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEN;
  • ensure that children and young people with SEN engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEN;
  • designate a teacher to be responsible for co-ordinating SEN provision – the SEN co-ordinator, or ‘SENCO’ (not applicable to 16 to 19 academies);
  • inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child;
  • prepare a SEN information report , setting out:
    • their arrangements for the admission of disabled children;
    • the steps being taken to prevent disabled children from being treated less favourably than others;
    • the facilities provided to enable access to the school for disabled children; and
    • their accessibility plan showing how they plan to improve access progressively over time.

How can education settings help my child or young person if they have SEN?
What if my child or young person is struggling but we don’t know why?
What can I do if I think my child or young person is struggling?


This webinar explores how pupils with special educational needs and/disabilities (SEND) are supported in schools. It is 27.17 minutes long and was recorded by some of the SENDIAS team in Feb 2020.