A guide for parents and carers outlining the SEN code of practice, explaining procedures and informing of them of their rights.


This guide aims to help parent and carers understand what special educational needs are and what they can do if they are worried that the child they are caring for may be having difficulties at, or before, they go to school.

If parents or carers have concerns or worries at any time, they should share them with the child’s teacher or headteacher or any other professional working with the child.

It may be used by educational settings as departmental advice for:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units

The ‘Special educational needs: code of practice’ is also available.

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