Education Options & Support Systems in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

Northern Ireland

If a mainstream school cannot provide all the help a child needs, their education and library board (ELB) may carry out an assessment to find out what the child's special educational needs are and how they can be supported. More information about this is available on the Northern Ireland Direct website: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/ and you can also speak to Contact: 0808 808 3555 or visit their website: 

Pre-school and nursery years
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www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/support-in-the-early-years/

Support in mainstream years
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www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/extra-support-in-mainstream-schools/

Scotland

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 places duties on local authorities, and other agencies, to provide additional support where needed to enable any child or young person to benefit from education. This can include a ‘co-ordinated support plan’. 

For more information please see: https://education.gov.scot/ or speak to Contact: 0808 808 3555 or visit their website: 

Pre-school and nursery years
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www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/support-in-the-early-years/

Support in mainstream years
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www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/extra-support-in-mainstream-schools/

Wales

For information about inclusive education in Wales please contact SNAP Cymru on: 08451 203 730 or visit their website at: www.snapcymru.org/ Information on education is also available on the Welsh Government’s website: www.wales.gov.uk and you can also speak to Contact: 0808 808 3555 or visit their website:  

Pre-school and nursery years
Scroll to the bottom of this page:
www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/support-in-the-early-years/

Support in mainstream years
Scroll to the bottom of this page:
www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/education-learning/extra-support-in-mainstream-schools/

Statementing in Wales
https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/information-advice-services/education-learning/education-in-northern-ireland-scotland-wales/all-about-the-statement-of-special-educational-needs/
www.contact.org.uk/help-for-families/information-advice-services/education-learning/education-in-northern-ireland-scotland-wales/all-about-the-statement-of-special-educational-needs/

Page last reviewed / updated: March 2021
Next review due: March 2022