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Special educational needs

We have a legal duty to assess and cater for children and young people with special educational needs.

We work in partnership with schools and also provide specialist support services and facilities for a range of learning and behavioural problems and for physical and sensory impairments.

Support for pupils in mainstream schools without a statement is clearly set out in the descriptors for primary and secondary provision at the 'school support stage'.

These are attached to this page along with a leaflet from the local inclusion officer service.

Other provision includes enhanced resource schools, special schools and specialist nurseries.

The Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND is an impartial service offering support for parents and carers of children with special needs and at risk of exclusion.

Important changes to services to children who have special educational needs or disabilities

The government has brought in major reforms to the special educational needs system in its Children and Families Act 2014. You'll find more information about the changes and how you can have your say on the Derbyshire Local Offer.