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Get help with your child's progress

If your child isn’t progressing as well as they should, is having difficulty at nursery, school or college, or has a disability, they can get extra help. Your child may be eligible for a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support Plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

How to get help

If you’re worried about your child’s progress speak to:

  • their teacher
  • their nursery worker
  • your GP or health visitor if your child isn’t in nursery or school

They’ll be able to get your child assessed and refer them for help.

Every school and nursery has a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). They’re teachers who are trained to identify children with special educational needs and make sure the children get all the help they need. You can talk to the SENCO at your child’s school or nursery.

Help your child may get

The help your child will get may include:

  • a special learning programme
  • extra help from a teacher or assistant – including help from a teacher who specialises in your child’s condition
  • working in a smaller group
  • help to take part in class activities
  • extra encouragement in their learning – for example to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
  • help to communicate with other children
  • a referral to the educational psychology service to help with behavioural problems

Your child’s school or college may create a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Plan or ask for an assessment for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan to get more funding to help your child. Nurseries can also ask for an assessment.

Get advice

Contact SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for independent advice if you think your child isn’t getting the help they need.

Telephone: 0116 305 5614
(Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.30pm, Friday 9am to 4pm)

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