SEND support in schools

Every school is required to meet the learning needs of every child in their school, including those learners identified as having a special educational need (SEN) or those who are disabled (D).

‘Mainstream schools’ are maintained schools and academies (that are not special schools); maintained nursery schools, 16 to 19 academies, alternative provision academies and short stay school for Norfolk.

Mainstream schools must:

  • Use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEND gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEND
  • Ensure that children and young people with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEND
  • Designate a teacher to be responsible for co-ordinating SEND provision (the SEN co-ordinator, or SENCo)
  • Inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child
  • Prepare a report on the implementation of their SEND policy and their arrangements for the admission of disabled children, the steps being taken to prevent disabled children from being treated less favourably than others, the facilities provided to enable access to the school for disabled children and their accessibility plan showing how they plan to improve access progressively over time

Information about individual school local offers

Every school is expected to publish on its website a SEN information report outlining how it contributes to the Norfolk Local Offer. Search for individual school SEND local offers via the School Finder.