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Special Educational Needs Support

What is SEN support?

What is SEN Support?


Defining SEN Support

If your child has been identified as having SEN, their educational setting must, to the best of their ability, strive to put appropriate support in place; this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people's SEN. This is known as SEN Support (which has replaced School Action and School Action Plus). 

The purpose of SEN Support is to help children and young people to achieve the outcomes or learning objectives set for them by their educational setting together with the child or young person and their parents/carers. It is essential that children and young people with SEN engage in activities within the educational setting alongside their peers who do not have SEN. 

SEN Support has a clear cycle of assessment of progress, planning and putting in place the appropriate support and reviewing a child or young person's progress. This is known as the 'Assess, Plan, Do, Review'. Parents and carers should be fully involved with the discussions about their child or young person's needs and the support that is put in place. 

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 sets out four main areas of SEN:

SEND Code of Practice table setting out four main areas of SEN

What support will a child or young person be entitled to?

The support for a child or young person will vary depending on their needs. For example, it may include:

  • a special learning programme 
  • extra help from a teacher or a learning support assistant
  • making or changing materials and equipment
  • working with the child or young person in a small group
  • helping other children and young people interact with the child or young person (for example, playing with them at break time)

SEN Information Reports

Every educational setting within Sutton must publish as SEN information report about the SEN provision the school makes. You can find this on the educational setting's website. You can also ask the child or young person's class teacher or the setting's SENDCo for information on the SEN provision made by the school.