Special educational needs (SEN) in England
- Ofsted inspections of support for children and young people with SEND
- FAQ about the SEN reforms
- Statements and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
- Local Offer
- Personal Budgets
- Equality Act and education
- Special educational needs (SEN) support
- Information for deaf young people
- SEN reform in Wales and Northern Ireland and support in Scotland
- Resources for professionals
Ofsted inspections of support for children and young people with SEND
From May 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will be inspecting support for children and young people aged 0–25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England.
We've written a factsheet with more information about these inspections and how you can get involved.
FAQ about the SEN reforms
Our Frequently Asked Questions resource aims to answer the most common questions we receive about the reforms and what they mean for you and your child.
Statements and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
SEN statements have been replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Our website has more information about EHC plans, the statutory assessment process and what you can do if you're not happy.
All local authorities in England must produce a ‘Local Offer’. This is intended to bring together in one place information about education, health and social care services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Your local authority must ensure
you can feedback on their Local Offer. If there is information missing or if
the ‘offer’ isn’t good enough, they must
consider your feedback and think about how to improve their offer.
Download our Local Offer factsheet to find out more:
Find the Local Offer for where you live using our easy-to-use table:
Families of children with EHC plans will now have the option of requesting a Personal Budget.
Equality Act and education
One thing that isn't changing are the rights that deaf children have under the Equality Act 2010. Find out more: The Equality Act and Your Child’s Education.
Special educational needs (SEN) support
Where deaf children in England need extra support in a nursery, school, college or another education setting because of their deafness, they may be described as needing ‘Special educational needs (SEN) support’. If this applies to your child, the education setting must take a number of steps to make sure the needs of your child are being met. Our factsheet explains what this means in practice and the rights that it gives your child.
Please note, the term ‘SEN support’ replaces what used to be known as ‘School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ in schools in England.
Information for deaf young people
We've also produced factsheets for deaf young people on the SEN reforms:
SEN reform in Wales and Northern Ireland and support in Scotland
Changes will also be taking place in Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Find out more about SEN reform in Wales >
- Find out more about SEN reform in Northern Ireland >
- Scotland already has a different system of support, called Additional Support for Learning. Download: A guide to additional support for learning (Scotland)
Resources for professionals
We've produced a range of resources for professionals to make sure that deaf children and young people benefit from these changes. Please share our resources with any professionals working with your child.
"I think the EHC plans have the potential to provide a better assessment of a child with significant sensory impairment or other needs, but that it will take longer for professionals to make that assessment and support parents to get the best from this new system" Parent of a deaf child