The Department of Education (DFE) published a document “Special Educational Needs and Disability A Guide for Parents and Carers” This blog post aims to summarise the core points, the document is a guide for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability.

Anyone who is about to start, or has started the journey in the minefield of special education needs may well choose to begin by reading as much of the government guidance as possible. Build at the early stage a foundation knowledge of the topic area. You may well find as you progress on this personal journey, that your knowledge soon overtakes those who provide the provisions. Use this blog post as a source of hints and tips to start your journey

Publication Date: August 2014

Definitions of Special Educational Needs and Disability

The Principles of the Special Education Needs System

Information, Advice, and Support

What Is The Local Offer?

Support Available for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs

Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment and Plans

Personal Budgets

Support for the Under 5s

Support for Children of School Age

Support for Children of School Age

Support for Young People Aged 16 and Over in Further Education

Preparing for Adulthood

Children and Young People in Specific Circumstances

Challenging or Disagreeing with Decisions

Further Information and Useful Contacts


This section provides definitions and explanations for various terms used throughout the document, including:

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