Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Teachers have a responsibility to identify children who have special educational needs (SEN) and provide them with the extra support they need to include them in mainstream education.


  • Learning and communicating, e.g. dyslexia
  • Behaviour.
  • Hearing, visual or physical ability.

If your child has not been identified and you feel they need additional support, speak to your child’s class teacher and express your concerns. Depending on your child’s needs, the teacher will:

  • Provide additional support known as School Action. They will draw up an individual education plan with you, which will be reviewed regularly to meet the changing needs of your child.


  • Ask for help from specialists such as an educational psychologist or speech therapist if they feel that School Action is not enough. We call this School Action Plus.


  • Refer your child for a statutory assessment of SEN if they identify long term learning needs. The assessment may involve observation, tests, medicals and interviews with your child and SEN specialists.  If we assess that your child has SEN, we will send you a statement of special educational needs. This outlines your child’s educational needs, what help they should get and how they should get it – whether it be attending a special school or medical provision – in order to meet their long term educational needs.


The Assessment and Monitoring Service (SEN). You can contact them on 0151 934 3250 / 3252 or by email

Through our Assessment and Monitoring Service (SEN), we carry out many procedures to ensure your child receives the best educational support possible if they have, or are thought to have SEN, these include:

  • Assess those children who have special educational needs and who probably need a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
  • Arranges appropriate school placements and provision for children with Statements of SEN.
  • Provides advice to parents and schools on procedures for children with SEN.
  • Developing closer links with parents and helping them through the assessment process.



View a letter regarding the Joint local area SEND inspection in Sefton which took place from November 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016.

Last Updated on 27 September 2018