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Applying for and using a personal budget

The way you spend your personal budget will be set out in your EHC plan. It’s nothing daunting, you and your SEN officer will discuss this with you and go through all the options you have. You can choose a service recommended by the local…

Find a school - ages 5 to 16

If your child has special needs, they can usually get all the support they need at a mainstream school.    Applying to a mainstream school  All mainstream schools follow government guidelines about supporting children with special needs, and you can see this information on their websites.  …

Find activities to do around London

Accessibility venue guides Disabled Go - Search for accessibility information about shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels across the UK. London for Fun - Information about accessing London's major sights, markets and events if you have disabilities. Music, arts and drama Deafinitely Youth Theatre - for deaf…

Guide to abbreviations & jargon

Listed below, in alphabetic order, are abbreviations used to describe children's disabilities and phrases relating to special educational needs and professionals or agencies who may be involved in the assessment and education of your child. If you think anything is missing please email: thelocaloffer@hounslow.gov.uk

About education, health and care plans

If you feel your school’s SEND programme is unable to support the needs of the young person, you can request a more detailed education, health and care assessment.  This assessment could lead to an education and health care plan (EHC plan).   What an EHC plan does  details exactly what…

Local Support Groups and Organisations

For parents and carers there are support groups in Hounslow and also national helplines for many conditions and also other organisations that can be helpful if you are looking for advice and support. Please email if you know of helpful organisations or are in one so you…

Online support forums

There is a lot of support available online from national groups as well as groups specifically related to individual conditions and diagnosis.  Some are listed here as they have been recommended by parents and carers.  If you wish to add your support group to this…

Other Education Provision- general and special services

General education information The family services directory has other sections containing general education and learning information.  Some of which may also be useful for children with SEND. Where services say they offer specific SEND support there will be a green triangle with SEND in the…

Parent Engagement

Parents have been involved through the planning of the changes in Hounslow. Parent representatives were part of the working groups each looking at a different part of the changes. It was important to involve parents to understand their experiences with SEN support and developing ways…