Educational Settings

Information on where a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs can be educated. 

If your child has a statement of special educational needs, they will usually go to an ordinary (mainstream) school, play group or nursery. In most cases, this means that a child stays in the educational setting they attended before they received a statement of SEN.

The outcome of the statutory assessment may recommend placement in a specialist provision in a mainstream school or a special school.

Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools

Your child’s statement of special educational needs may outline the requirement for a small group setting to meet your child’s needs and therefore a specialist class within a mainstream school may be most appropriate.

List of Approved Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools

For those pupils for whom a Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools placement is deemed appropriate, the Education Authority is seeking to ensure that specialist provision is available in the nearest suitable school to best meet your child’s individual needs. A list of currently available Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools can be accessed in the link above.

In addition, there is a consultation underway to establish more Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools and these consultations can be accessed via the below link, where you can make your views known as part of this consultation:

Specialist Provision in Mainstream Schools Consultation

Special Schools

Your child’s statement of special educational needs may outline the requirement for a special school placement to be arranged to meet your child’s needs:

List of Special Schools 

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