Since the law changed in 2013, all young people must now stay in some form of education or training until they are 18 years old.
If your child has autism it may mean that they have learning difficulties in certain areas or require additional support at school. This is often referred to as having 'special educational needs'.
Early years and childcare
All Early Years and childcare settings have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide an inclusive service that meets the needs of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
Education and schooling for people in Essex with Special Educational Needs
The Essex SEND IAS Service
(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Every school is required to have a teacher who is responsible for Special Educational Needs; usually referred to as a Special Educational Needs co-ordinator, sometimes known as a SENCO.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator will work closely with parents, teachers, support staff and other agencies to ensure that the child's needs are met through appropriate support and high quality teaching. To find out the name of the SENCO, contact the school.
All schools and academies are required to make arrangements to support children with additional needs. As of September 2014, every school has to publish a SEN Information Report, which details the school's arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN.
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