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All children and young people's needs should be met in the first instance by the help available through their education provider (Nursery, school, college). To find out how your child's education provider support pupils with Special Educational Needs, look at the provider's website or contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at the setting. All schools are required to publish an "SEN Information report" which outlines provision and policies for supporting pupils with SEN.
Most children's needs will be met by their education provider, through a range of interventions known as SEN Support. SEN Support should take the form of a four-part cycle - Assess, Plan, Do, Review - known as the "graduated response". The support offered to children and young people should be reviewed on a regular basis (at least three times per year) to ensure it is still appropriate to meet their needs, and is having a positive impact on removing barriers to their learning.
You may find our booklet Special Educational (SEN) Support in Schools a useful source of information.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years is Statutory Guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities Chapters 5 - 7 cover the SEN Support information for Early Years setting, Schools and further education.
By law, an SEN Code of Practice must be issued and this guidance must not be ignored. There is also a Special Educational Needs and Disability Guide for Parent/Carers Code of Practice available for you to download.
Coventry SEND Support services have also developed the "My Support Plan" alongside educational settings and parents/carers. My Support Plan is a document that can be used to clearly identify the
hopes and aspirations, Special Educational Needs (SEN), and provision needed to ensure your child/young person achieves the best possible outcomes in their education setting. It is generally used where there is a need to combine and co-ordinate support from several different professionals or agencies who are supporting child/young person - this could be an educational professional, a health professional or someone from social care/early help.
It may also be used when:
"Your Guide to...My Support Plan" takes you through what My Support Plan does, and how it differs from an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).