The majority of children with special educational needs will have their needs met in mainstream school at SEN support without the need for an EHC plan.

We will also always seek to place SEN pupils who have an EHC plan in mainstream schools providing that:

  • The school is suitable for the child’s age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs
  • The child’s attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other children in the school, and
  • The placement is an efficient use of the LA’s resources.

The Council has a Strategic Policy for Inclusion which works to promote inclusion, reduce disadvantage and support potential learners into learning experiences. Torbay’s key principles of inclusion includes reducing the number of pupils with Special Educational Needs in special schools and ensuring that the number in mainstream school rises.

For further information:

  • If you would like independent information, advice and support, contact SENDIASS Torbay by visiting the SENDIASS website or phoning 01803 207884 (Inquiry line open 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, but also has a 24 hour answerphone facility). 
  • If your child does not have an EHC plan, contact our school admissions team on 01803 208908.
  • If your child has an EHC plan, contact our SEN team on 01803 208274.

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