Birmingham City Council

Children with a statement of special educational needs

Children with a statement of special educational needs

We believe that children and young people with learning difficulties should be welcomed and educated in their local mainstream primary school. This is where the majority of these children are educated. To meet the needs of children and young people in their local community benefits them both academically and socially.

We have teams of specialists who are available to work with teachers in mainstream primary schools in developing individual programmes of help and support for children experiencing problems. We are supporting all schools in using the Standards for Inclusion. If you as a parent, or the Headteacher or a member of staff in your child’s school, feel that your child has special educational needs and may require additional help, talk to the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at the school.

The Special Needs Co-ordinator has regular contact with specialist teachers and psychologists who can work with the school to gain a better understanding of your child’s learning needs and to develop teaching approaches that will meet them.

Starting Reception Class in September 2015

Any child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is required to be admitted to the school that is named in their statement. This gives any such child overall priority for admission to the named school.

The Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service is responsible for allocating reception places and amending statements of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Please be aware that where only one twin has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, and a school is named in their statement, this does not give the other twin an automatic sibling claim. This is because the twin with the statement is not due to start the named school until September 2015.

If you have any queries please contact the SEN Assessment and Review Team:

SEN Assessment & Review Service (SENAR)

Telephone Number: 0121 303 1888