Southampton City Council has a duty to ensure that schools are clear on their 'offer of support' for pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disability. You will find that each school has published a SEN information report on their website, which might also be known as a 'School Local Offer'. This report says what the school will offer for pupils who have SEN.
In the School SEN Information report you will find information about how the school will identify if a pupil has a Special Educational Need and how a decision will be made on the type and level of support they will need. The report will also explain who will be involved in the decision making process and how you as a parent will be involved.
All schools in Southampton have the same special educational needs and disabilities duties, and are expected to provide support for children and young people who have additional needs. These duties come from the national SEND Code of Practice.
The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities attend mainstream schools. All mainstream schools will be expected to:
- Identify children and young people with special educational needs quickly and accurately so that support can be put in place
- Work in partnership with children, young people and their parents
- Allocate resources fairly, efficiently and in response to identified need
All schools must be inclusive and have a legal duty to do their best to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities. All schools in Southampton receive notional SEN funding which they must use to support children with special educational needs. Staff must ensure that children with additional needs are given opportunities to participate in school activities with other children as much as possible. You can find out what sort of activities are available in your child’s school by visiting their individual web pages.