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My son finds reading and maths difficult and seems to need a lot
of extra help. I've heard he should have an Individual Education
Plan (or IEP). But the school say they don't do these.
IEP's are a way of recording the extra help a child is getting,
the targets they are working towards, and monitoring their
progress. The school does not have to use IEP's, but they must have
a system in place that does the same job of monitoring the progress
of an individual child.
School say they won't give my daughter extra help as
they are awaiting the results of an assessment for
A child does not need a particular diagnosis before they start
to receive extra support. The school has a duty to identify and
support those pupils who need a lot more help than other pupils of
the same age due to a learning difficulty or disability.
My son has Asperger Syndrome and finds school stressful
but I'm told he doesn't need extra help as he is above average at
maths and literacy.
A child may have special educational needs even if he or she is
progressing at an average or above average rate in academic
subjects at school. Some children may appear to be doing well, but
need help with other areas of learning such as communication,
behaviour, social or physical skills. Some children may get the
extra help at School Action or School Action Plus. Other
children who need a lot more help may have a statement of special
My 4 year old disabled son starts reception next year.
He's still in nappies. The school won't take him unless I agree to
come in and change him - they say it's not the teacher's job to do
A school cannot refuse to accept a child who has not been toilet
trained or require a parent to come in and change the pupil. As
part of their duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled
pupils, schools should ensure there are staff available to carry
out personal care for a child, either on a voluntary basis or as
part of their contract.
If you live in England, read our advice on extra support in
mainstream schools in England.
We also support Northern Ireland and Scotland. Give our helpline
a call on 0808 808 3555 for information and advice on any aspect of
raising a disabled child, or call your local contact. Find out our
local office details in the In your area