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Information about schools and meeting your child’s SEN needs | SEN Secondary Transfer 2020 | Birmingham City Council

Information about schools and meeting your child’s SEN needs

Meeting your child’s needs

Birmingham City Council aims to provide pupils who have EHC Plans with a range of opportunities in secondary education to appropriately meet their special educational needs (SEND Local Offer).

We are committed to a policy of inclusion which means educating pupils in the most appropriate provision, and in accordance with their needs. Birmingham City Council believes in the principle of pupils being able to be educated in their local community, as close to home as possible.

There are different types of mainstream secondary schools that are maintained by Birmingham City Council:

  • Community
  • Voluntary Aided
  • Foundation

Some schools have become Academies and are not controlled by Birmingham City Council, but have similar admission procedures. Some Free Schools have also been opened or are due to open in the city. Again, these are not controlled by Birmingham City Council but also operate similar admission procedures to Academies.

More specialist types of provision

In addition to mainstream schools, there are 17 special schools (three are co-located on mainstream secondary school sites).

There are also 15 Resource Bases (three of which are fully-accessible schools) within mainstream schools that offer a range of specialist educational provision for different types of need.

The specialist provision available in the city caters for the following special educational needs:

  • Cognition and Learning Needs - Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) including associated health and/or medical needs;
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), including Autism (ASC);
  • Visual impairment (VI);
  • Hearing impairment (HI);
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs;
  • Physical Difficulties (PD)

Finding out about Birmingham schools

All schools have their own admissions arrangements booklet or website that explains the curriculum, facilities and what they aim to achieve for their pupils, along with the school’s local SEND offer to pupils with identified special educational needs.

We recommend that you visit the schools that you believe offer the type of provision that will meet your child’s special educational needs. It would be advisable to involve the SENCO from your child’s current school.

Visiting schools and attending open days will give you the chance to talk to teachers and existing pupils before making your decision.

View our directory of all Birmingham schools

You can view details including:

  • contact details for each school
  • phase of education
  • location and map
  • school website
  • Ofsted report
  • sen provision

Grammar schools in Birmingham

Read more about Grammer schools and the entrance test or visit Birmingham Grammar schools website


School performance information

Other useful information