Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

All education settings have a duty to provide support where this is required. This is called SEN Support. What you can expect a setting to do, depends on the age of your child or young person. The links below will help you to understand what to expect at the different stages of your child or young persons education.


Early Years, Schools and Further Education settings in Oldham use a Graduated Response approach to support children and young people with SEND. You can find out more about Oldham's Graduated response and what to expect from settings in Oldham here:

Some children and young people may require an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) in order that their needs can be met appropriately. For more information on Education, Health and Care Plans, please click the link below to be redirected to the relevant pages of our website.

Find out more about EHC Plans