Every school is required to meet the learning needs of every child in their school, including those learners identified as having a special educational need (SEN) or those who are disabled (D).
Mainstream schools must:
- Use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEND gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can to meet and support children and young people with SEND
- Ensure that children and young people with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEND
- Designate a teacher to be responsible for co-ordinating SEND provision (the SEN co-ordinator, or SENCo)
- Inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child
- Prepare a report on the implementation of their SEND policy and 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.
School offer: Every school is expected to publish on its website Special Educational Need information called the school offer: The school offer is individual to every school, but each school must clearly state how they will support Children and Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. All special schools also have to publish the school offer on their school website.