Many children will have special educational needs at some point during their education. For most, this is a short-term need.
Most children and young people with a special educational need can be taught in their local mainstream school. However, if your child has more complex needs then they may need to go to a special school or an alternative resource provision (ARP) within a mainstream school.
As a parent or a carer, deciding which school you would prefer your child to go to is an important decision. If your child has special educational needs, there are extra things you will want to think about.