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Our schools should be inclusive and supportive places that provide support for children and young people and where they can learn, build relationships and be part of the community.

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to:

  • achieve their best
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further education or training

If you think your child needs extra help with their learning or development, the first thing to do is to speak to their nursery, school or college.

Every education provider has a member of staff called a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) – this person can help you to understand what your child needs to make learning easier, and put in place the support which will help them to succeed.

Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can have their needs met in their local mainstream school, college or early years setting where there are pupils with and without SEND. Some will need additional support and a few will need their education in a special school, where there are only pupils with SEND.

Detailed information about SEND support in schools can be found here.

To find out more about your local school, please visit our school information website. Information about a school’s SEND support can be found on their individual websites. We have also provided some information to help you choose a school.

For more information please visit Devon’s webpages about early years settings, school admissions or post-16 education.

You can also read about what the Devon County Council Education Inclusion Service does in order to promote an inclusive culture in Devon’s schools.

Support for children and young people (ages 5+)

  • Guidance on the support that is available in schools and how you can access it.

  • Information about inclusion, re-integration and exclusion, including support for vulnerable children and those with long-term illnesses.

  • Helping you to choose the right school to support the needs of your child.

  • When children and young people move from one phase in their lives to the next, either through changing schools or moving from school or college […]