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 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
An Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is a legal document that replaced a Statement of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs). The EHC sets out: A young person's needs. What should happen to meet those needs. Suitable educational placements. The needs and hopes of the…
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…
If you think your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND) and your child is of pre-school age, talk to your health visitor, doctor or portage worker, where appropriate. If your child is already attending or about to start a pre-school, such as a…
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…
We are a provider of independent advocacy for children, young people and vulnerable adults. The service is freely available to:  • All Looked After Children and young people (including trafficked children and unaccompanied asylum seekers) • Children and young people in foster care or residential homes • Children…
07931 507 553
We offer ‘30 hours childcare for working parents’ in partnership with other childcare in our area. We are a private day nursery based within Bishop Auckland Children's Centre. We welcome all children from birth to 5 years old and are open all year round from 8.00am…
01388 603 862
Who are Future Steps? We are a specialist paediatric occupational therapy service committed to changing the life of every child and family we work with. Our team of fully qualified occupational therapists deliver sensory, motor and attachment assessments and provide goal-orientated treatment to children, teens…
01642 807 669
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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