Support for special education needs

If you're worried your child may have special education needs

If you feel your child is not progressing well enough in school and needs a lot of help, then you can ask us to undertake an education, health and care needs assessment. The school can also make this request.

The first step is to speak with your child’s school who can talk with you about your child’s individual needs and tell you about the assessment process.

You can ask to speak with your child's class teacher or early years key person or college form tutor.

It is best to ask for the meeting in writing, setting out what it is you want to discuss, for example:

Dear (teacher's name / key person / tutor),

I would like to arrange to see you in school next week to talk about the progress of my child (child's name).

I am concerned about my child's development in the following areas (identify areas of concern) and would be grateful for an opportunity to discuss this with you.

I am available at the following times and days (list availability) and can be contacted on (give contact details).

Yours sincerely,

Remember to keep a copy of the letter dated for your records.

After you have spoken to the class teacher or key person or tutor, they may involve the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

The SENCO has responsibility for what happens on a day to day basis for pupils with special educational needs. The SENCO also provides professional advice to those who come into contact with your child in their education establishment or setting.

Contacting us

If you would like to talk to us for advice then please the contact our Special Education Needs team.

Special Education Needs team

: 01375 652 555


We acknowledge emails automatically and will reply to email and phone messages within 5 working days.

You can also talk with Thurrock's independent Information Advice and Support Services (IASS).

Inspection, March 2019

Between 4 March and 8 March 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of Thurrock to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms of the Children and Families Act 2014. The report below was received on 10 April 2019.

Our written statement of action, below, addresses concerns raised in the inspection report.