Schools, colleges and other settings can help most children and young people overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily, but a few will need extra help for some or all of the time. Schools, colleges, playgroups and nurseries will have their own provision for children with special educational needs on their website. Our Local Offer also provides you with a collection of educational, health and social care support available to those under 25 with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN) living in Herefordshire.

If you think your child may have a difficulty that has not been identified, you should talk to the teacher, the special educational needs coordinator, or the headteacher straight away.

Getting an assessment

The school or college can provide support and will monitor your child's progress. If your child is not making the expected progress, then a statutory assessment can be requested from the council. The council will decide if a statutory assessment is needed based on information provided about the child.

You can find comprehensive information about special educational needs on the government website.

You can also find information on what help is available if you care for a disabled child on the government website.