Information on SEN Admissions form:
How do I apply for a school place if my child has a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan?
If your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan there is a separate process for your child’s school admission:
- You will receive a letter from Children, Customers and Education, EHC team, seeking details of your school preference.
- You will be asked to return your preference within 15 days.
- You will be informed of the outcome of this consultation by 15 February 2015.
If you disagree with this decision, you can then appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SEND) and not to the independent appeal panel.
What if my child is currently under assessment for a statement of special educational needs?
If your child is under assessment for a statement of special educational needs you will need to apply for a secondary school place in the usual way.
How do Schools help?
Schools will try to make adjustments to accommodate children who have special educational needs but not all schools are accessible for children who have mobility or sensory difficulties.
We advise parents to discuss their children’s special educational needs with a member of staff at their preferred school before applying.
Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC)
New legislation around the assessment of children and young people with special educational needs and disability took effect from September 2014 across England.
Statements of Special Educational Needs will be replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans over a three-year period.
In each school’s oversubscription admissions criteria, reference is made to ‘pupils who have a statement of special educational needs’. As the legislation changes, this will also mean any pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
For more information on Education, Health and Care Plans, please contact the EHC Team by emailing EHCP@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 126 1000.