Click on the headings below to find out more about getting help at school or college.
What does Special Educational Needs mean?
Special educational needs are when you need extra support to learn things.
You might need help because you have:
- A medical condition
- Mental health needs
- A learning difficulty like dyslexia
- Difficulties with communication
- Difficulties with social interactions
- A physical disability
Students need help with all kinds of things and this can change over time.
If you have special educational needs, your school or college will work out how they can support you.
What support can I get to help me?
You can get support at school or college in lots of ways. Your school or college should talk to you about your ambitions and what will help you achieve them.
There should be a plan which says what support you will get. This could include:
- Information provided in a different way, like with more visuals or symbols.
- Someone like a mentor to talk to you about any worries you might have.
- Help in class from the teacher or a learning support assistant to make sure you understand lessons.
- You might do some lessons working in a smaller group or one to one.
- People to help you with note taking and reading questions.
- Sometimes you might get a person to help you between classes.
- If you need help with personal care or becoming more independent.
What decisions can I make about my support?
Most people who are aged 16 or over and have finished year 11 have a right to make their own decisions about their support.
You can still ask your parent or carer to help you make decisions.
You should be involved in all decisions. It’s important you get your say and are listened to.
If you feel unhappy with a decision that has been made about your education, we can help.
Who do I talk to if I need more support?
If you go to school or college, the people in charge of making sure you are getting the support you need are:
- Your teachers
- An additional learning needs coordinator
You can also talk to an advocate. An advocate is someone who can help children, young people and parents to say what they want if they find it difficult to do so. View our 'having your say and being heard' page for more information.
We can also help you make sure you are heard.