Notts SEND

Nottinghamshire is a large rural local community, covering over 800 square miles, and is the 10th largest local authority. It is made up of 7 Districts: Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe,  Gedling, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe.

Nottingham City is a separate unitary area to the County, and manages its own affairs, although it is surrounded by 4 of the Nottinghamshire Districts.

There are 220,300 children and young people aged 0 – 25 living in Nottinghamshire, 26.7% of the total population of Nottinghamshire. 

Percentages of EHC Plans and SEN Support

Of the school aged children and young people, 1.7% have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan). This is very low when compared with the national average at 4%. In addition, 9.9% of the pupils have SEN support, whereas this is 12.6% nationally. The percentage of children and young people in Nottinghamshire with SEN Support varies considerably across the County. In Ashfield schools, 11.9% of all children and young people have SEN support, whilst only 5.6% of children and young people in Rushcliffe receive SEN Support (School Census 2021) 

Schools attended

Two thirds of children with an EHC Plan attend a special school. 

A child has special educational needs (SEN) if they have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn compared to most other children of about the same age.

Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Schools and other organisations can help the majority of children to overcome the barriers their difficulties present. A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

So special educational needs could mean that a child has:

  • learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in school
  • emotional and behavioural difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
  • specific learning difficulty – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • sensory or physical needs – such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school
  • communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.Two thirds of children with EHC Plans attend  special