For children aged two or more, special educational provision is in addition to or different from provision made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers.

For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition for special educational needs when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.

The term SEND includes the term learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD).

In Somerset additional resources given to mainstream schools for children and young people with SEND are not dependent on statutory SEND processes.

The SEND statutory process in Somerset is used to decide whether the local authority should determine provision over and above the provision a mainstream school can deliver.

Somerset mainstream schools continue to develop their expertise in meeting special educational needs and have financial resources and experience to meet the needs of the majority of children and young people with SEND. EHC plans are for children and young people with complex needs.

Somerset’s Accessibility Strategy and Schools Access Initiative

We are driven to make accessibility easier in all of our provision. With this in mind, we have produced the Accessibility Strategy

It is part of the School’s Access Initiative. Through this Initiative, the County Council and mainstream schools can:

  • meet their Equality Act planning duties
  • develop the accessibility of schools in Somerset and meet their Children and Families Act duties
  • support schools and parents to meet the complex physical and access needs of children and young people

There are ways that schools can apply for accessibility funding. You can find more information in the Schools Access Initiative Funding Guidance