Resources for parents

The following resources are designed to help parents support their child through education.

Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans (Education in England: A Guide for Parents)

This guide is for parents of children with special educational needs and parents of disabled children who want to know how to get help for their child at school in England. This guide replaces the education guide underneath, to take account of the changes to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) framework that have been introduced from September 2014 and now covers England only.

The new system is being phased in gradually and children and young people with a statement in England must be transferred to the new system by 1 April 2018. The 2013 guide will remain relevant until your child’s statement has been transferred to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan under the new system.

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Statement of Special Educational Needs: A Guide for Parents

This guide will be relevant if you live in Wales or if you’re a parent living in England whose child has not yet been transferred to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. 

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Learning difficulties and brain tumours in children

Information from The Brain Tumour Charity covering some of the common learning difficulties children may experience due to a brain tumour, as well as the educational support available to them.

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Children with special educational needs

Information from the government about what special educational needs (SEN) are, assessment and statements, as well as what support is available for SEN pupils.

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A guide for parents and carers setting out the main points of the SEN code of practice, and explaining procedures and your rights.

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Find your local council

Search for the contact details of the person in your local authority responsible for the education of children who cannot attend school because of health needs.

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Updated January 2017, next review due December 2017.