Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

The Local Authority provides a range of specialist support services to help children and young people with special educational needs.

A child has special educational needs if he or she has a significant learning difficulty or disability and, to succeed in school, needs additional or different education from other children of the same age. Specialist provision falls under four broad areas:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, mental and emotional health
  • Sensory and/or physical

Where possible, the aim is to support children and young people to learn in their local community school, through the provision of a range of specialist support services covering these four areas. The special needs of most children should be met effectively through action taken by their mainstream school or setting without the Local Authority having to make a statutory assessment.

This section of the website provides information on the specialist teams and networks who work alongside Enhanced Mainstream Schools (EMS), Pupil Referral Service (PRS) and Special Schools throughout the county to provide support to children and young people who have special educational needs.

The information contained in this page [and its sub-pages] is in the process of being updated.

Useful Downloads

Request for Involvement Form to make a request to the Inclusive Education service via the Single point of Access process

Request for Involvement Form (Young Person Consent)

SEND Mainstream Guidance 2017-18 - this sets out what you can expect in schools and settings for supporting children and young people with SEND

SEND: Inclusive Education Service Core & Extended Offer  2017/18 -  this explains what the inclusive education service consists of, including centrally based teams and enhanced mainstream schools

Specialist Equipment Guidance

Lone Worker Risk Assessment - Required when making a request for Portage involvement

Loss & Bereavement