Education and learning

Most children with SEND go to a mainstream early years setting or school. In some cases, schools or nurseries will ask for extra support from services for these children. Very few children will have special educational needs (SEN) that are long-term or a disability or medical condition that significantly affects their learning.

It's important for us to identify children who do have SEND as early as possible. This is known as early intervention and makes sure they get the help they need. The help we provide is known as SEN support.

Find information about education support available from early years through to 25 years in this section, for example SEN support or applying for an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Dorset Education Advice Line (DEAL)

Contact the Dorset Education Advice Line if you want to discuss your child's emerging special educational needs, or if they're not making the progress they should be. We will arrange a 15 minute conversation with you to talk through your concerns and issues.

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