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7. SEND Provision

Schools, Special Schools, Residential Special Schools and Colleges in Staffordshire

Contact details for Schools including Special Schools, Residential Special Schools and Colleges in and around Staffordshire are available to download:

Information on educational establishments in England and Wales is also available on the Department for Education's EduBase register. EduBase search engine will provide information on: Academies, Colleges, Free Schools, Independent Schools, LA Maintained Schools, Special Schools and Universities.

The Section 41 Secretary of State Approved List can be found on the Government's website.

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care plan by local authorities) of the Act.

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has produced a report on the views and experiences of children in residential special schools.  

  • Independent and Non Maintained Special Schools

Details of Independent and Non Maintained Special Schools that the Local Authority has used over the last five years are available below. 

Pupil Referral Units (PRU's)

PRU's provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special school. A number of local authority maintained Pupil Referral Unit's (PRU's) are in place across Staffordshire and contact details for these are available to download:

Alternative Provision

Alternative provision (AP) is used by Staffordshire County Council, however, this is commissioned directly by our PRU's or on occasion the SENDAP Team.

A list of alternative providers is available below:

Further Statutory guidance for all educational settings providing alternative provision is also available.

Resource Bases

Please find below a document listing the Resource Bases in Staffordshire.

Childcare Services/Early Years

A wide range of information, advice and support is available to families with young children including:

  • Assessing children’s needs in the early years
  • Support available to parents to aid their child’s development at home
  • Reviewing children’s progress via health development reviews

For full details please visit the Entrust website.

Information on a range of child care services including nurseries, childminders and pre-school clubs is available in the Staffordshire Family Services Directory. This directory also includes information on services available to families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Network of Accessible Schools for Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities

Please find below documents listing the accessible schools within Staffordshire.  These have been developed to help professionals make decisions which meet the needs of Children and Young People, and raise awareness of parents / carers about accessible facilities available in their local area.

PDF Document  East Staffs and Tamworth (317KB)

PDF Document  Lichfield and Cannock (286KB)

PDF Document  Newcastle and Moorlands (319KB)

PDF Document  Stafford and South Staffs (317KB)


Arrangements for Exceptional Placement in Staffordshire Special Schools

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