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Special educational needs

11 April 2019

If your child has special educational needs (SEN) we can help ensure you receive the right support.

Public engagement

We are running a public engagement on the future of SEND in Essex. We want the views of children, young people and their families so we can make sure we support your needs. Our ambitions are sufficient school places in Essex to meet the needs of children with SEND; a SEND system which identifies need at an early stage and more support to help children thrive in mainstream schools.

What are special educational needs?

Your child may have special educational needs if they need more help to learn than other children of the same age. They may also have difficulties with one or more of the following: 

  • Paying attention and listening
  • Playing with others and being sociable
  • Understanding and reading
  • Talking and writing
  • Controlling their behaviour
  • Sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school

To learn more, visit GOV.UK

Getting help

If you think your child may have special educational needs, we recommend you take the following steps:


Most children with special educational needs will make progress with the support of their teacher and SENCO. However, some children may require extra help through an Education Health and Care Plan of Special Educational Needs.  

Further information