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Language Intervention Team - Resource base and workshops

Resource Base has been successfully running in Southampton City Schools for a number of years. It is highly recommended for schools with staff who carry out speech, language and communication programmes set by Speech and Language Schools Assistants or NHS Speech and Language Therapists. Resource…

SEND Tribunal

Updated information and guidance for the extended powers SEND Tribunal: extended appeals registered from the 1st September 2021 Ministerial decision on the outcome of the National Trial On 20th July 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal to hear…

SEND Area Wide Offer

Support for Children, Young People & Young Adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Southampton. Schools and other educational settings are expected to help most children overcome the hurdles their difficulties present as part of meeting their educational needs, but a much smaller number…

Mediation and disagreement resolution

Mediation aims to help resolve disagreements for children and young people that are being assessed for or have an EHC Plan, whilst disagreement resolution arrangements are available for parents of and all children and young people with SEN, not just those who are being assessed…

My Child's Special Educational Need/Disability

Below you will find links to information on specific conditions. Please note that this area of the website is still in the early stages of development.  We have started with providing information on the most commonly diagnosed conditions but if you think that we have missed some out or if there is a condition…

What does Special Educational Needs mean?

The term 'special educational needs' has a legal definition. Children with special educational needs have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. Special educational needs fall under four broad areas: communication and interaction…

Southampton Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement - August 2014 Introduction The Equality Act 2010 and related Equality Duty 2011 reiterate the duty upon schools as laid out in the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The accompanying guidance for schools makes it clear that schools continue to have a duty…

What is Down’s Syndrome?

Down's syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs by chance. It typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with Down's syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth, and are likely to have:- Reduced muscle tone…

Plans to transfer existing Statements of SEN into EHC Plans - Transfer Plan priorities and timetable

Transfer Plan priorities and timetable Summary On 1 September 2014 the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system changed. This means that existing SEN Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments will be gradually replaced by new Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). Where possible we will combine the process of annual…

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person relates to and communicates with other people, as well as how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that although all people with autism have certain difficulties…
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