Bracknell Forest is an inclusive local authority and most children and young people, including those with more complex special educational needs, will attend a local mainstream school.
We are keen that our children and young people with special educational needs and disability get the right support from as early as possible, so they achieve the best possible outcomes to be well-prepared for life as adults. We recognise that supporting our children and young people towards greater independence and employability can be life-transforming, and will ensure the best opportunities for:
- education and/or employment
- independent living
- participating in society - including having friends, participating in, and contributing to the local community
- being as healthy as possible.
In this section, you will be able to find information on how your child can access the right support, which is graduated to respond their specific level of needs. For most children and young people with special educational needs, their needs will be met through additional school support - SEN Support. For those with more complex needs, they may need an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Children with SEN may find it harder to learn than most children of the same age and some children will need extra or different help.
If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the person in your child’s school or nursery responsible for special educational needs. This person is called the SEN Coordinator or SENCO. If your child isn’t in a school or pre-school provision contact your GP.
The Information, Advice & Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership) provides confidential and impartial advice and information to support parents/carers and children and young people who have, or may have Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) in Bracknell Forest.
Local authorities may be able to provide your child with free or partially subsidised transport to their school if they are eligible.
Intervention Hubs enable educational settings to make applications to access short-term additional specialist support from the High Needs Block without having to wait for an EHC needs assessment and Plan. This will continue to build on the good practice encouraged by the DfE.
- Frequently Asked Questions:
- What does Special Educational needs mean?
- What does disability mean?
- What can I expect if my child has a SEN or disability?
- My child is not making progress what could I do?
- If my child has SEN, how will their support be decided?
- What type of support can they get?
- My child does not have an EHC Plan -can they attend a special school or post-16 setting.
- My child has an EHC Plan, which type of school can I chose for them
- What is the role of special schools?
- What types of school places are available if I and my child live in Bracknell Forest
- How will I know what the school’s offer is to children and young people with SEN?
- Will my child be entitled to have their needs met?
- My child is in youth custody. How will their special educational needs be met?