Children with additional needs may need extra preparation for starting school so that they have the best possible chance to settle and make the most of what’s on offer. People need to understand your child’s needs so that their SEN or disability does not put them at a disadvantage. School’s use a graduated response to ensure children get what they need. There are lots of people that can offer you and your child help and support. You can find out more about the roles of people that can help by clicking here.
Most children with special needs are educated in mainstream schools with support provided by the school itself (this is called the graduated response). However, some children have special educational needs for whom the Local Authority has to make special arrangements which are outlined in the child’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Schools, the health services and other organisations work closely to recognise and provide for children’s special needs. A clear policy is followed to get parents involved at all stages in assessing their child’s special educational needs.
Wirral SEND IAS (used to be called Parent Partnership)
The SEND IAS Service is delivered by WIRED, a charitable organisation which is independent of the local authority and which gives neutral independent advice and support to parents whose children have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The service is flexible and aims to work in a flexible manner, parents can self refer. They may be able to help you if:
- You think your child needs extra help at school.
- Your child is at risk of exclusion due to his/her behaviour
- She/he has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP
- You would like your child’s needs formally assessed
- You are attending a school meeting
- You need help with understanding or completing paperwork
You can get further information from:
Wirral SEND IAS
Phone: 0151 522 7990
Email: [email protected]
For more information about primary education in Wirral click the link below to download the 2016-2017 booklet.
You can also request help from other Independent Supporters click here to find out more.