Breathe Easy groups provide support and information for people living with a lung condition, and for those who look after them.We hold regular group meetings, usually monthly. You can meet and talk to others, share your experiences and learn from each other. Regular speakers can…
03000 030 555
Carers services can help people who look after someone with a special educational need or disability. Sometimes these people are called carers. Carers who live (or look after someone who lives) in County Durham, can contact Durham County Carers Support who can offer you: information…
Choosing a school is a big decision. You will want an environment where you can be happy, safe and able to learn and develop. We have different types of schools including: Mainstream schools (academies and maintained schools) In County Durham, nearly all children and young people…
There are thousands of unpaid carers in County Durham providing care or support to a relative, neighbour or friend. Most people who are carers don't see themselves as carers, but as husbands, wives, partners, parents, sons, daughters, siblings or friends. Caring for someone can involve…
We are responsible for collecting and preserving the archives of people and organisations in County Durham and Darlington, and making those records available to as many people as possible. Archives are our memory - they provide a unique access to our past. They are the…
03000 267 619
The Virtual School promotes the education of looked after children. Our Virtual School offers support and guidance to: Looked after children and care leavers up to the age of 24. Parents and carers of looked after children, care leavers and adopted children. Schools and other organisations providing…
03000 267 800
Most parents choose to send their child to school, but you do have the right to educate your child at home The law says that children must receive a full-time education, from the age of five that is suitable to a child's age, ability, aptitude…
03000 265 896
This page provides information about mainstream schools' provision for children with special education needs. The majority of children with special educational needs will have their needs met in their local mainstream school. Some children will need to attend some specialist provision to have their needs…
In January 2018, we completed a strategic review of high need provision for children and young people aged (0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), who live in County Durham or are looked after by Durham County Council. The review was carried out with…
Most children with special educational needs do not need a statutory assessment.  Their needs are identified and the right provision is made by the school. In County Durham, head teachers in mainstream schools and staff in colleges have been asked to produce a SEN Support…

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