Education and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

This section of the website covers the support system in England for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Each topic page is a clear, easy-to-use guide that answers key questions on what SEND is, what the Local Offer is, how the support system works in early years settings and schools, and in education and training for those over 16.

Education, health and care plans and challenging decisions, appeals and tribunals are covered, too.

There’s also an overview of the different systems in place in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The government are reviewing the SEND system. Changes are likely to come into effect in 2023.

This content was last reviewed in May 2024. We’ll review it again in 2026.