Education for all ages
Information about the education options for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs.
Looking for a specialist support service?
Please see our directories for more information on:
- Specialist Support Service - Vision Impairment; Hearing Impairment; Autism Outreach, and Autism and Sensory Support in Staffordshire (ASSIST).
- Specialist Support Service Post 16 Offer & Equipment for Post-16 Students in FE Colleges with a sensory impairment
- Support for physical/medical needs, which includes occuptional therapy, physiotherapy and nursing.
- Communication and social interaction, which includes support for autism and speech and language.
- Learning support, for learning difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
- Support for social emotional and mental health
- Support for families and settings, which includes early support, minority ethnic achievement service, inclusion team, Ministry of Defence Children's Education Advisory Service, and much more.
- Youth Offending support.
Use the filters within the directories to search by age, district, areas served, and provider type, such as a commissioned or private service.
Please note: Staffordshire Connects is a free and impartial service. Information contained in the SEND Local Offer does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of a service or provider. For more information please see our disclaimer. Providers are responsibile for updating their own information. Please let us know if you would like to suggest a listing and we will contact the provider for you.
I'm looking for a school or college, what are my options?
Our schools and specialist provision directory below holds information about your nearest and catchment schools, independent schools, pupil referral units, resource centres, alternative provision, special schools, independent special schools and support for home educating.
You will also find information on finding a school, accessible schools, school admissions, education for children with health needs who cannot attend school, supporting pupils with medical conditions and our virtual school for looked after children
Sixth form and further education colleges
Our sixth form and further education colleges directory below, holds information on Staffordshire mainstream and special school sixth forms, further education colleges, training study programmes and specialist colleges.
Please note: providers are responsible for updating their own information. Please let us know if you would like to suggest a school or setting and we will contact them.
What special educational needs support can be put in place?
See our information page on special educational needs and disability support in schools and special educational needs and disability support in colleges for more information on:
- Adapting the curriculum and/or environment
- What support can be provided in mainstream settings
- What you can do if you disagree with the support provided
Do I need an education health and care plan to access support?
Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream nurseries, schools or colleges.
Education health and care needs assessments
Some children and young people may need more help than would normally be provided in a setting. The education health and care needs assessment will look in detail at the child or young person's needs and the support that they require.
Education health and care plans
Education health and care plans are for children and young people whose special educational needs require more help than would normally be provided in a nursery, school or college.
See more information about education health and care needs assessment and plans including:
How do I apply for an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment?
Parents, carers and young people can request an assessment by:
- visiting the Staffordshire EHC Hub. Use the "Request a Needs Assessment" button and follow the online guidance. More detailed Hub guidance for parents and carers requesting a needs assessment.
If you do not wish to use the EHC Hub:
- complete the request form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The EHC Hub will manage your application but we will post all correspondence. A PDF and Word version of the request form is available.
Full information about requesting a Needs Assessment, support available and Staffordshire's EHC Hub.
Practitioners can request an assessment by:
- registering on the EHC Hub and adding a new request. More information.
What is the SEND Code of Practice and where can I find it?
Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 Years
The SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years provides statutory guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged from 0-25 years.
Gov.uk also provide the following guides:
- SEND Guide for Parents and Carers
- SEND support: Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People
- SEND support: Easy Read Guide for Parents
It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
SENDIASS Staffordshire Family Partnership can provide you with information, advice, and support around special educational needs and disability matters, including special educational needs law. Visit their website for more information.
Other relevant local and national policies:
What are my learning options post 16?
Check out our Post 16 options page which provides information on
- education and training, and