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Young People Engagement

The changes are all about the child and young person at the centre of what we do. To help us understand their experiences we have been working with young people over the last 12 months; a core group of young people have been consulting with…

Definition of special educational needs (SEND)

A special educational need is defined as a learning difficulty or disability that makes learning a challenge for a child.   they’ll have greater difficulty learning than other children of the same age  their disability prevents them making use of facilities   Disabilities can include  problems seeing/…

Hounslow Local Offer

The Local Offer is where you'll find information to support children and young people (from 0 to 25 years) who have special education needs and disabilities. clear, comprehensive, information on how to access support specialist services that respond to the young person’s needs by involving…

High Needs Funding

Schools may want to consider applying for high needs funding if it is felt that a pupil requires additional support above the £6k threshold. Schools must demonstrate that they have put in place support up to this level. This fund is available for Hounslow mainstream…

Hounslow Local Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Your guide to services available for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  

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…

Hounslow parent carers forum

Get together with other parents of young people (0 to 25 years) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Hounslow parent carers’ forum is a friendly group of parents who meet once a month to discuss SEND issues such as health, education and employment. You’re…

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…

How to get direct payments

Instead of receiving support through council services, now you can get money to pay directly for the services you need. You’ll need to speak to your SEN officer about getting a personal budget to do this. Direct payments give you more flexibility and choice in…

Using and managing direct payments

You’ll get all the support you need to fully understand and use your direct payments. This includes putting together a plan finding the right services employing assistants/ workers and setting up payrolls managing your accounts You can use direct payments to pay someone to support…