School admissions - SEND

Most children will receive their education in their local catchment setting.

All settings must make adjustments to help children with special educational needs or disability (SEND) access the curriculum.

Sometimes, children might need to go to a specialist setting to get additional support. This will be decided at a placement panel informed by people working with the child.

Choosing a setting

  • Look for nearby schools online.
    Our directory of Birmingham schools can help locate all nearby settings starting from nursery to secondary level. The directory also includes special schools and resource bases for special educational needs.
  • Visit at least two different settings.
  • Keep an open mind until you have looked at all the possibilities and spoken to the professionals involved with your child.
  • Decide whether the setting has the necessary provision in place to support your child’s needs.
  • Speak to specialist teachers, educational psychologists, and other health professionals who are involved in supporting the additional needs of children at the setting.

For more information about support for SEND, visit:

Page last updated: 15 May 2024

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