Support in education for children and young people with SEND

The types of support your child may need during their education or training.


  1. Overview
  2. Types of support in education


Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) may need extra or different support during their education or training. 

They may need support at various stages, or throughout their education. 

This support is known by professionals as 'special educational provision'. 

It is education or training that is different from, or in addition to, what is normally available to children / young people of the same age. 

The support your child gets will depend on their needs, and the impact their needs have on their learning. 

It is designed to help children / young people with SEND make progress in their learning. 

Types of support in education

There are 3 types of educational support available: 

  • Universal support
    Support that is available to all children, including reasonable adjustments and support that is personalised for your child.
  • Targeted support
    Extra support for your child, provided by the school.
  • Specialist support
    Involvement from external professionals and specialists.

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