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Most children will move through education without any difficulties, but some children may have difficulties in learning. This can be a worrying time for you and your child.

A child or young person may have a special educational need if they carry on having more difficulty than others in learning and developing skills despite extra support. It is important to identify children and young people with special educational needs from children and young people who are underachieving but who can and will catch up.

Special educational needs is often referred to as 'SEN' or ‘SEND’ or additional needs. Children with special educational needs have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn. These children may need extra or different help.

If your child’s school or setting thinks that he/she may have special educational needs or additional needs, they will talk to you about it and explain how they are going to meet his/her needs.

If you are worried about your child’s progress, talk to the class teacher, the head teacher or the special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCO). They will be able to talk to you about your concerns and discuss what you and they can do to help.

Most children and young people who use Warrington educational services should be able to get a range of support and services, where it is available and where it is seen as appropriate by the educational provider.

You can get up to date information on the Ask Ollie website about what your local educational provisions offer, by using the search box to search the service directory. 

Inclusion team and referrals 

The inclusion team offers advice and support to children and young people, schools and families. It aims to support the development of inclusive practices in schools and settings.

Referrals can be made to the inclusion team using the referral form. Referrals can be taken from schools for all parts of the team other than the family support for children with disabilities - families can make referrals directly for this.

Contact Details

Telephone: 01925 442917

Address: New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH


SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) information and guidance 

Annual review documents

Schools admissions 

Out of school services

Safeguarding

Education, health and care plans (EHC)

Family Support Model


The CAF Team

Person shaped support

Educational psychologist

Speech and language

Inclusion team

Online resources 

  • Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. 
  • The SEND Gateway, an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.