By knowing your rights, you can help to make sure your child has access to the education they need.
Your child has a right to go to mainstream school
Every child has the right to go to a mainstream school, and increasing numbers of children and young people with special educational needs are now being educated in mainstream schools with extra support. However, each child is different and this will depend on their individual needs. In some cases you, your child and the local authority may decide that a special school will better support your child's educational needs.
If your child has a statement you can choose the school you want them to go to
When you fill in the draft statement you can state which school you want your child to go to. The local authority must accept the school you name in the draft statement, unless they feel that having your child at the school would make it too difficult to educate the other children that go there.
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If your child doesn't have a statement you won't always get your first choice of mainstream school
This is the same for all parents, and could be due to a number of reasons - for example, too many children may want to go to the same school that you have chosen. Not getting your first choice of school can be incredibly frustrating, and may mean that you as a parent have to take a bigger role in asking for support for your child. For example, you may want to meet with your child's teachers to talk about their specific needs, or to suggest ideas for after school clubs they could attend.
You can arrange a second visit
Deciding on a school for your child is a big decision, so don't be afraid to get back in touch with the school to ask more questions or arrange a second visit.