Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

This information is for parents, careers and young people to understand how we manage Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at The Forest School. The Children and Families Act (2014) introduced many changes to the special educational needs (SEN) system. This included:
  • A new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to replace the statement of special educational needs.
  • School action and school action plus to be replaced by a new school based category, 'SEN support'.
  • A 'local offer' for parents.
  • A new SEN Code of Practice.
  • Personal budgets for those with an education, health and care plan'
  • to recap on key learning points from the lessons

Need independent help or advice?

The Department for Education has funded a scheme to provide parents and/or young people with free impartial information, advice and support during the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) assessment and planning process.

Called Independent Support, this is provided by organisations who are independent of the local authority, but who work with and complement the local authority SEN arrangements and Parent Partnership Services. In Berkshire, this Independent Support is SENDIASS. You can find out more and contact them here.


Sendiass will be offering monthly drop in sessions for parents at Wokingham Youth Centre, 35 Reading Road,

Wokingham RG41 1EG from 10am to 12 noon on the following dates: 

15th March 19th April 17th May 14th June 12th July        

Wokingham Borough Council have recently produced a new leaflet for parents of children who are transferring from

primary to secondary school. It will be particularly useful for parents in years 5 & 6. You can find the leaflet on the

local offer:

Click here to view the Sendiass leaflet