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Choosing a school for your child

Deciding which school will be right for your child can be very difficult. If your child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN), there are a number of things to consider.

choosing a school

Choosing a setting for your child or young person can sometimes be one of the hardest things you will have to do. The term after your child turns five years old you are legally obliged to ensure your child gets an appropriate education.

The majority of children will receive their education in their local catchment setting. All settings must make adjustments to help children with Additional Learning Needs to be able to access the curriculum.

Sometimes, children might need to go to a specialist setting. This will be decided at a Placement Panel informed by people working with the child. Your wishes and feelings will be really important as part of ensuring your child's placement is the most appropriate.

One of the questions we are most frequently asked is: 'How do I know that I'm choosing the right setting for my child?'

The answer is that you probably won't know until you have found out more and have a look. Below are a number of things you might want to think about (or ask about) when you are looking at schools, to help you make your decision.

This question is usually closely followed by: 'Can you recommend a setting?'

Parents must make their own decisions in choosing a school, though there is lots of information and advice professionals and parent partnership services can offer.

How do I choose a setting?

Finding a setting that will suit your child

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