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Primary school places for children with Special Educational Needs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan (My Plan), the process of starting primary school is different. We have to consult with your preferred school before it can be named on the Plan. Your child will not be disadvantaged in any way, it just means that our SEN Assessment Team has to follow different procedures.

What happens next?

The SEN Assessment Team Manager will review your application. We will then formally consult with the headteacher of your preferred school.

When will I know which school has been allocated?

The SEN Assessment Team will issue a draft Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan to you by 16 March 2018. If you disagree with the proposal you may make written representations and/or request an appointment with your Named Officer. The final EHC Plan naming the allocated primary school will be issued by 16 April 2018.

Do I have a right of appeal?

You will be advised of your right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) and of the local Disagreement Resolution Service when the Final EHC Plan is issued. You can get further independent advice from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) on 01706 515741 or by email:

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

All children have different learning styles. Schools take account of this when they plan their work. A few pupils require special arrangements, sometimes just for a short time, sometimes for the whole of their school life. Pupils who need this extra help have special educational needs.

Schools work closely with parents / carers to ensure the special educational needs of children are addressed properly. You can request advice and support from a range of support services through the school SEN Co-ordinator. Parents / carers are encouraged to look at a number of primary schools b​efore making an application  and enquire how they meet the needs of young people with special educational needs.

Special schools

A small number of children with an Education, Health & Care Plan (My Plan) will benefit from going to a special school. In Rochdale the primary special schools are Springside School and Newlands School. You can state a preference for a special school but places are limited and will be allocated on a needs basis. So it's important that you express a preference for a second mainstream school. If you don't we may have to nominate a second preference for you.


01706 925981

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

EHC Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU