To find out how the system works and what educational support is available for children and young people with SEN or disabilities, these services can help. Whether it’s tackling an EHCP or getting advice on Local Authority duties towards young people with SEND, there is a wealth of support available.
Some mainstream schools have what are often called Specialist Resource Bases or Hubs. These are specialist provisions on a mainstream school campus that provide expertise in specified SEND conditions. Find out about the BANES mainstream resource bases.
The Margaret Coates Centre is part of Saint Martin’s Primary school. There are 29 places for children on the autistic spectrum. Saint Martin’s website can be accessed here
Oldfield School (secondary) has a 10 place provision for children with high functioning ASD. The Oldfield School website can be found here
Orchard Lodge is a specialist resource base at St Mark’s School. All of the students in the provision have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and have Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD). This is their website
Weston All Saints Primary have a Hearing Impaired Resource Base, find out about it here
Alternative and Additional Provision
Alternative provision may be arranged by the local authority or a school for children who would not otherwise receive a suitable education. This may be due to illness, exclusion or other reasons and can be of varying duration. Alternative provision may also be arranged by parents who have chosen to take their children out of the LA school system for all or part of their education. There are also schools and parents who provide additional provision on top of the school’s usual offer. Here you can find some of the alternative and additional provision for BANES.
Pathways Forest School use the Movement Method in their wonderful outdoor sessions and clubs. Offering tailored group and 1-to-1 workshops exploring and connecting with nature can offer a great alternative or addition to mainstream education.
The Alternative Learning Hub offer programmes for children aged 14 and up who struggle with a mainstream education setting. Working in partnership with Bath College, this scheme offers coaching and support for children to help them adjust to school.
An Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s aged up to 25 special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.
The special educational provision described in an EHC plan must be provided by the child or young person’s local authority. This means an EHC plan can give a child or young person extra educational support. It can also give parents and young people more choice about which school or other setting the child or young person can attend.
An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.
Here you can find out how to request an assessment and what happens from there on
Problems with School
Find information and support to help with EBSA, attendance, exclusions and other issues relating to school.
Guidance for ‘Suspension and Permanent Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement’ can be found here
Guidance for Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs
Guidance for Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions