Special Educational Needs

Identifying and supporting

Lincolnshire county council has a series of pages about identifying and supporting Special educational needs, SEN.     They go through an extensive range of topics for parents of children with additional needs.     Click icon to browse.     Pupils/students need an EHC plan in order to get a place at a special school.*

Cannot face school

What can I do if my child won’t go to school?      The National autistic society has produce a practical guide for parents.      Click icon to view.     We have a couple of parents’ experiences too.

When more extra support is needed than mainstream schools provide an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan may be the way forward.     For in-depth guidance see:

Additional needs schools

For children with an Education Health & Care (EHC) plan a more specialised environment may be offered by schools for additional needs.      You can guide to choosing a special school.

Parents in the Grantham area might find a place for their child at:

  • F-footerTwitter small iconAmbergate sports college & Sandon schoolGANF cater for pupils aged 3 – 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.    Many are on the autistic spectrum.    Grantham
  • Greenfields academy is a specialist school for pupils aged 4 to 16 years with Social, Emotional, Mental Health needs, SEMH.    Grantham    (Phoenix Academy)     See also:  Admissions  .
  • Gosberton house academy is a specialist primary school mainly for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.    Near Spalding

  Alternatives to mainstream

If things are not working out for your child or teenager at a mainstream school there may be other places to go in Lincolnshire that might be able to help.       Click icon to find out more.      Notably, pupils who are too unwell to attend their own school may be referred to The Pilgrim School.      It has several bases around the county, e.g. Lincoln.

  Part time school?

There may be the option of attending school part time.       Click icon for an outline of flexi-schooling from the SEN jungle website.     

  • Here is an example of a parent who managed to come to such an arrangement for her son who has Asperger’s syndrome.      Our Home education page may also be of help.
  • Look in our College for age 14-16 page for other options in our area.

  Help at home

Home education special is a UK based website.      If your child feels unable to go continue to go to school at all, getting help to study at home rather than in school does not seem to be an easy process.      The local authority does not have a duty to arrange help at home – as of Jan 2022.     The website does publish articles that could be of help to home educators, though.       Click icon for their FAQ page.

If you are interested see our Home education page.

  Online discussion

Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues.      Click icon to find it.      Once you are in their site, look for the magnifying glass icon on the top right and search for specific topics.

School years

Which school year is which?
Here is a table of school years and ages.

School yearAges
Years 1-6
Years 7-11
Years 12-13


College/6th form

Key words

What is an EHC plan?

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