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In this section of our Local Offer you will find information about the educational provision available in Brent for school-age children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
You can read about:
- schools in Brent, including our four special needs schools
- additionally resourced provision in our mainstream schools for pupils with SEND
- Further education and training providers
- independent special schools and post-16 colleges
- supported internships
- the admissions process for children with SEND
- local careers advice
Supporting children with SEND
If you think your child has SEND, you should talk to their early years setting, school or college. If you need confidential help and advice to do this, contact Brent SEND Information, Advice and Support Service.
Some children and young people who have been identified as having more complex educational needs will receive support at their setting through an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Other children who do not require an EHC plan, but have special educational needs, may receive SEN support in school, as well as other specialist services from outside their setting.
In Brent there are a number of teams who support children and young people with additional needs. They include:
- Early Years Inclusion Support Team
- Brent Sensory Support Service
- Brent Outreach Autism Team (BOAT)
- Educational Psychology Service
- Family Solutions Service
- Targeted Inclusion Service
- A range of health services
Schools and colleges are legally required to make arrangements to support children with additional needs and receive funding to do this. The SEND Code of Practice requires that schools publish a SEND Information Report detailing the services and support they provide for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Brent has produced guidance for schools regarding the minimum standards that should be met.
Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEND. Brent is receiving £1.89 million to create additional places and has produced a plan detailing how it will invest this allocation. Read more about the council's proposals to create more school places and let us know your views.