Special educational needs and disability (SEND) and high needs

Support and funding, SEND code of practice, data collection for pupils and students with SEND, extra SEND help.

General information and guidance

  1. Independent special schools and colleges

    Independent schools for pupils with special educational needs, including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.

  2. Ofsted inspections of residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    Documents relating to Ofsted's inspections of residential holiday schemes for disabled children.

  3. SEND: managing the 2014 changes to the system

    Guidance on changes to legislation relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Funding for high needs

Manage funding for students aged up to 25 with high educational needs.

  1. High needs funding arrangements: 2016 to 2017

    Information for local authorities and institutions about high needs funding arrangements for 2016 to 2017.

  2. High needs funding arrangements: 2017 to 2018

    Information for local authorities and institutions about high needs funding arrangements for 2017 to 2018.

  3. High needs funding: due diligence process for new special post-16 providers

    Information setting out the process that may lead to a grant funding arrangement with the Education Funding Agency for the delivery of education provision for high needs students.

  4. High needs strategic planning fund

    Information for local authorities about strategic reviews and funding of high needs provision for children and young people with SEND.

Funding for special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Manage funding, get free transport to school, S31 grant determinations, grant allocations, individual budgets.

  1. Apply for school transport for a child with special educational needs and disabilities

    If your child can't walk to school because of their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) your local council must provide transport

  2. Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)

    Disabled Students' Allowance is extra money for higher education students - DSA1 forms, eligibility, how to apply, needs assessment

  3. Exceptional learning support - cost form

    Use this form to submit estimated costs and final claims for exceptional learning support.

  4. Free school transport

    Free transport from your local council - eligibility, rules for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), how to apply

  5. General further education colleges and specialist colleges: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for general further education colleges and specialist colleges for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  6. Non-maintained special schools: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for non-maintained special schools for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  7. Schools block funding formulae documents

    Information and data showing current and historical local authority school funding formula factors.

  8. SEND provision capital funding for pupils with EHC plans

    What the special provision fund is for and how much funding local authorities will receive during the financial years 2018 to 2020.

Support for special educational needs and disability (SEND)

SEND code of practice, case studies, reports and policy news about supporting children with special needs.

  1. Better communication research programme

    Research commissioned in response to the Bercow review of services for children/young people with speech, language and communication needs.

  2. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

    Children with special educational needs (SEN) can get the help they need to get an education - SEN support, education, health and care plans, SEN before September 2014

  3. Future positive: a resource guide for people working with disabled care leavers

    This guide provides LAs with a tool help them development effective services that support young disabled people as they leave care.

  4. Inclusion development programme: supporting pupils on the autism spectrum

    Resource supporting teachers, initial teacher trainees, headteachers and leadership teams working with pupils on the autism spectrum.

  5. Mental health and behaviour in schools

    How to identify and support pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.

  6. National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: learning outcomes

    Requirements for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

  7. P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN

    Statutory guidance on performance (P scale) attainment targets for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

  8. Providing supported internships for young people with an EHC plan

    Guidance on how to provide supported internships for young people with special educational needs and an EHC plan.

  9. Residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    National minimum standards of care for providers of holiday schemes for disabled children (HSDC).

  10. Residential special schools: national minimum standards

    Guidance for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.

  11. Safeguarding disabled children

    Departmental advice setting out how agencies and professionals should work together to safeguard the welfare of disabled children.

  12. SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

    Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

  13. SEND pathfinders

    Reports on the independent evaluation of the SEND pathfinders programme which tested reforms proposed in the SEND green paper.

  14. SEND reform: further education

    Guidance for post-16 colleges and academies on the changes to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system.

  15. SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people

    Guide for children and young people with learning disabilities on changes to the special needs educational and disability (SEND) system.

  16. SEND support: easy-read guide for parents

    Guide for parents with learning disabilities, explaining changes to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system.

  17. SEND: guide for further education providers

    A guide for further education providers on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

  18. SEND: guide for parents and carers

    A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  19. SEND: guide for schools and alternative provision settings

    A guide for schools on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

  20. SEND: guide for social care professionals

    A guide for social care professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

  21. Supporting looked-after children with communication needs

    Departmental advice for those working with children with communication needs to ensure a child's input into decisions made about their care.