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Additional ‘top up’ funding for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan

What is top-up funding? When pupils have special educational needs, their school (or college) uses their existing budgets to put in place any extra help that is needed which isn’t already available through a central service.  When the cost of extra help reaches £6,000 a…

Applying for and choosing schools if your child has special educational needs

Drawn by Callum, age 8 Most children with special educational needs can be taught in mainstream schools. If your child has more severe or complex needs they may need to go to a special school or school with a special unit.   Applying for school…

College Open Days 2019-20

When you are thinking about moving on from school to sixth form or college, it can be a good idea to go and see the new setting to make sure it is right for you. and that is able to meet your needs. Open Days…

Covid-19 / Coronavirus - SEND resources and information (RBKC)

We have created this page on the SEND Local Offer to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities. We will also add any relevant updates from specific…

Disabled Children's Register

What is the Disabled Children's Register? The register is a database that holds information about children and young people with disabilities and special needs who live in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.   Why do we have a register and what is it…

Educating your child at home

Parents/carers are legally required to ensure their child is in receipt of a suitable education but this does not have to be in a school. Some will choose to electively home educate. Elective home education is the term used to describe a parent or carer's…

Education Complaints and Feedback

1.1 Early Years – Pre-school and nursery provision The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requires all registered child care providers to have a complaints procedure in place. For a childcare provider that is registered with Ofsted, concerns should be raised directly with the…

Education, employment and training

Routes into paid employment Many young people with learning difficulties or a disability will want to have a job in the future. To achieve this goal they may need additional support during their training or in the work place. Not everyone will be able to…

Education, learning and skills

A complete list of schools in Kensington and Chelsea can be found here. Drawn by (left to right) Halima aged 8, Hassan aged 8, and Toyobaa aged 7The best school or educational setting for your child depends on their needs. This section of our Local…

Funding equipment in schools for pupils with SEND

In general, it is the responsibility of the school and education setting to fund equipment that supports the needs of children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who attend.  However, the Local Authority understands that it is not always reasonable to…

Further education funding for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

There are a range of different funding arrangements made available to further education providers to help meet the needs of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). How this funding is provided can depend on the type of educational provider, the age of…

Independent (Private) Schools

What are independent schools? Independent schools (also known as private schools) are educational providers not funded or maintained by the Government. Pupils at independent schools may not follow the national curriculum. You will usually be expected to pay fees for your child to attend an…

Independent special institutions

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions for the purposes of enabling the institution to be the subject of a request for it…

Launch of the Bi-Borough Sensory Impairment Service

Following the consultation and a successful recruitment process earlier this year, we are pleased to confirm that a Bi-Borough Sensory Impairment Support Service is now led by Westminster Training and Outreach Service. The service will deliver specialist visual and hearing impairment support services to children…

Out-of-borough schools

The borough has some of the highest performing maintained schools in the country. The outcomes for pupils with SEND are better here than the national average.  The Ofsted ratings of our local schools mean that families are assured of a school that is rated good…

School SEN Policies and Information Reports

Schools (including mainstream schools, nurseries, and academy schools) must publish information on their websites about their arrangements for meeting the needs of pupils with SEN. This includes their SEN Policy and SEN Information Report. These should be freely available to download from their websites and must…

SEN Support Toolkit

On this page, you will find a range of useful documents that you can use when supporting children and young people aged 0-25 including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The SEN Support Toolkit explains the responsibilities on early years providers, schools and post…

SEND funding in mainstream schools: what can you expect your school to provide?

This page explains the funding mainstream schools in the Bi-borough recieve to help support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).  Schools SEND funding explained  Mainstream schools receive funding for pupils with SEND in 3 parts: Core funding for universal provision - funding provided…

SEND Resources for Professionals

The compiled resources below bring together a wide collection of toolkits, advice and guidance to support and help those professionals working closely with young people with SEND. They cover a range of topics, including participation, communication, events and transition processes. These tool-kits are designed for…

Specialist resource bases in mainstream schools

The aim of a specialist resource base is to provide targeted support which enables children to make progress, achieve their identified outcomes and continue to access the mainstream curriculum while being provided with a specialist intervention programme. This may include additional and different provision, such…

Speech and language therapy for school-aged children and young people

Children and young people with speech and language needs in their EHCP can access direct speech and language therapy at their school. Therapists work in partnership with schools, and provide staff with advice, training, and strategies to support the development of all school children’s speech,…

Strategies and Plans

Listed below are links to some relevent local strategies and plans related to special educational needs and disabilities. This page will be regularly updated: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy (2018-2021) This strategy sets out the plans of the borough to improve outcomes for local…

Therapy, nursing and personal care in colleges

Since the Children and Families Act (2014) was introduced, many more young people with complex needs have chosen to go to college and to study for longer. To help their new learners, who have learning difficulties as well as extra health and care needs, colleges…

Training and support for schools and settings

This page brings together council-commissioned training options for schools and settings in Kensington & Chelsea relevant to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).   View the sections below to find out more about the different training packages that are available. …
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