The special educational needs (SEN) process

Step 1 - identifying special educational needs

It's not always obvious to tell when a child has special educational needs. Many children have additional needs of some kind during part of their education.

Some ways to identify special educational needs in a child can be if they:

  • Have trouble communicating their needs, such as letting you know when they're hungry or hurt.
  • Usually seem sad or disconnected from those around them.
  • Seem to have poor co-ordination compared to other children their age.
  • Have difficulty following instructions.
  • Aren't able to engage in a conversation with their classmates.
  • Seem to make very slow progress when learning new skills.

Who will identify special educational needs?

Your child's school or nursery will usually identify special educational needs.

They'll let you know if they have any concerns about your child.

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

If you think your child has special educational needs that haven't been identified, you can:

  • Contact the SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child's school or nursery. Find school contact details.
  • Contact us using the details on this page if your child isn't in a school or nursery
  • Contact Rochdale SEN and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for confidential advice and information about support. Rochdale SENDIASS service.