Identifying Special Educational Needs

If you and your child's teacher agree that your child might have difficulty learning, they will start looking at ways to help.

The teacher will be observing and assessing the child during usual time at school. They will be looking at:

  • how well they communicate with adults and children
  • how much your child understands and learns
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • sensory and/or physical needs

If your child doesn't seem to be progressing in the same way as the other children in the class, the teacher will explain this to you. The setting might ask their Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to help decide what support your child needs. You will always be told what is happening.