SEN links

Special education organisations

The following organisations may be useful in providing advice and information on all aspects of special education and statementing.

Alliance for Inclusive Education
National campaigning and information sharing network who believe all disabled learners have the right to access and be supported in mainstream education.
Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education
CSIE works to promote inclusion in UK education.

Council for Disabled Children
Find your local Independent Supporter.
Department for Education
Gabbitas Educational Consultants
Gabbitas produces a guide to special education needs in the UK with details of over 2,000 educational establishments with provision for special needs. 
Government site giving advice on a wide range of issues, entitlements and benefits.

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network
IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN and their parents. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
Advice for parents which may include problems with LEA over assessment or statements and help with appealing to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.

In certain areas, Kids has Independent Supporters who are trained to help families and young people through the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process.
Snap Cymru
National charity aiming to advance the education of people in Wales.

Contact our helpline