What support are children with special educational needs entitled to?

Children with special educational needs are entitled to special educational provision to meet their identified needs. This is additional help that is not generally available to all children at school.

For example, a child with dyslexia may access small group teaching in English and/or maths; a child with a visual impairment may receive handouts in larger print; a child with autism may require a classroom assistant; a child with communication difficulties may require speech and language therapy to enable them to learn.

My child had access to counselling at school, can they still get this during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Counselling will be provided for young people via telephone or secure online video calling at the same time and day as when they would have been provided in school. ‘Drop In’ sessions will be provided via telephone at the same time and day as when they would have been delivered in school. Referrals from young people, teachers and parents will be arranged as usual via the school Key Contact/Deputy Key Contact who will manage the waiting list. The Key Contact will liaise closely with the Counsellor to ensure that all young people who request counselling receive it. Pupils and parents should contact their school for more details.

Can my child attend school during the current lockdown?

The Department of Education has directed that mainstream schools must restrict direct access to school.  Children of key workers and vulnerable children are able to attend school for supervised learning. 

Definitions for “key worker” and “vulnerable children” can be found here.

The Department of Education has directed that Special Schools should remain open for direct access.

My child had exceptional teaching arrangements, can they still access this during COVID-19?

The EA has made arrangements for remote access to teaching online, over the phone or via provision of learning packs for children who currently have exceptional teaching arrangements in place and have indicated that all families will be contacted by their local provider. Further information can be found here.

Can my child still access ETI Information and Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Education and Training Inspectorate have collated a set of information and remote learning resources for children with SEN who attend special schools.  This information, which includes visuals aids, daily activities and information about useful websites can be accessed here