Education

Read our advice on education


Education is central to Mencap's work. We offer advice and information on issues such as choosing the right school and making sense of the statementing process. 

Read our education policy for children and young people with a learning disability.


Play

The early years of a child's life can be an important time for developing new skills and having fun.

Education: early years

At this stage, many children with special educational needs will get the support they need from their local nursery.

Education: school years

Most children with special educational needs will get the support they need from their local school.

Choosing a school

Get top tips, information and advice on how to choose the right school for your son or daughter.

Statements and statutory assessments

While most children with a learning disability will get the support they need from their local nursery or school, some may still need extra help. In these cases a statutory assessment may be carried out and a statement may be issued.

A parent's story: statements and special schools

We found out about statementing when the social worker from the Children with Disabilities Team talked us through the process and produced the paperwork.

A parent's story: choosing the right school

We were prepared for our son's diagnosis - we knew before they told us. We knew enough about autism to get us through the first few weeks and have learnt about it daily ever since.