Education & Learning

Some children and young people need more support than others to achieve their full learning potential.

Educational settings (schools, nurseries and colleges) have a legal duty to support children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, and to treat them fairly.

In this section, you can find advice and information about what support might be available to your child.

An introduction to special educational needs

Support in the early years

Extra support in mainstream schools

Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and needs assessments for children and young people with more complex needs (England only)

Education beyond 16

Education in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Transport to school and college

Admissions and school choice

Attendance, absence& medical needs


Disability discrimination in school

School & college complaints