What is inclusion support?
Inclusion support is extra support that may be available for a child in addition to the help provided by the child's mainstream school.
Who can have support?
Requests for inclusion support are taken to the inclusion panel.
Support is agreed when evidence presented to the panel suggests that:
- the child has learning difficulties and
- the child needs additional special educational support which cannot reasonably be provided within the resources normally available to mainstream schools.
The panel meets half-termly and consists of the pupil services manager and the SEN monitoring officer.
How to apply
To apply for inclusion support, complete the Request for Individual Inclusion Support[word - 290kb] application form and return it to Pupil Services.
This form should explain:
- The child's difficulties
- What the school has done to try to help the child using school resources
- The level of support needed
- How the support would be used to best support the child
How the support is organised
Support can be arranged and co-ordinated by the special schools or the council will finance support staff identified by the school.
Each child is considered for support individually and the amount of support/support funding they receive is determined by:
- Their needs
- The amount of support given by the school
- The amount and type of support requested
How do you monitor the progress of a child receiving support?
A child's progress is monitored by support staff, who write monthly reports for the SEN monitoring officer or the special school outreach co-ordinator, and by the 6 monthly review meetings.
The amount of support provided
As a general rule pupils with moderate learning difficulties receive 5 hours of support each week.
Children with complex needs could receive 15 hours of support each week.
In exceptional cases higher levels of support are available.
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