Home education - SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

My child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

The parental right to educate your child at home applies equally where your child has SEND, irrespective of whether an EHCP is in place. It remains, however, the duty of the local authority to ensure that the education provision specified in the plan is made available to the child and to conduct annual reviews. If you are planning on home educating your child, please contact your SEN Case Officer to discuss.

My child is enrolled in a special school

If your child attends a special school, where enrolment was arranged by the local authority, the permission of the local authority must be obtained before they can be removed from roll. The Southampton SEND Service can be contacted on 023 8083 3004 to discuss the situation further.

I would like to apply for an EHCP

If you are home educating your child and believe that they have special educational needs, you can request an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan. Further information in relation to this can be found at Southampton Information Directory.

Recognising that staying at home can be more disruptive to the lives and routines of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the government produced advice to support parents and carers looking after children with SEND during the coronavirus.

The websites which have been recommended on the government 'Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus' page have been reproduced below should the web page be removed in the Autumn Term:

Further Support

SENDIASS provide advice to children/young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their parents/carers. They also have useful online factsheets and resources for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

The service is for people who live in Southampton and they can be contacted in the following ways:

Telephone helpline: 0300 303 2677
Email: southamptoniass@roseroad.org.uk
Online enquiry form: www.southamptonsendiass.info/contact/