Education & learning

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

They may need extra help, for example, because they have difficulty with reading, understanding, talking, managing their emotions or behaviour, or developing physical skills. A child who needs a lot of extra help in any of these areas has special educational needs (SEN).

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.

Browse our education pages to find out more:

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

Transport to school and college

Admissions and school choice

Handling absence from school


Home education

Disability discrimination in school

School & college complaints


Education in Northern Ireland and Scotland

Education in Wales