Recording children with special educational needs

The Department of Education has provided guidance to schools for recording children with special educational needs.

Planning and policy development

The collection and recording of standard information about children  with special educational needs (SEN) who are placed on the special educational needs register across schools and education bodies is an essential factor in special educational planning and policy development, identification of current and future funding needs and for monitoring trends, outcomes of initiatives and interventions for pupils with special educational needs.


Guidance is available for download. This includes advice to help schools and education bodies to decide a child’s main area of special educational need or difficulty and the appropriate SEN category.

A hard copy of the guidance can be obtained by contacting the Special Education Branch.


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