CHECKLIST OF QUESTIONS TO ASK THE SCHOOL

There are a number of questions that you will want to ask when you visit schools to find the right school for your child with special educational needs. The exact questions you ask will depend on your child and also your concerns.

The checklist of questions below gives you some ideas and of course you can add your own questions. It is usually a good idea to think through before visiting a school what you most need to find out about. It often helps to talk this through with a partner, friend or professional.

The local Parent Partnership Service will be able to help you think through the questions that are most important for you and your child.

SCHOOL STAFF

What training in special educational needs have teachers had?
Have teachers had experience of my child’s special educational needs?

WHAT TRAINING DO THE TEACHING ASSISTANTS HAVE?

Do teaching assistants work with individual children, small groups or the whole class?
How much extra support would children for some lessons?
Do you have sets for some or all subjects?

CHILDREN

How would you monitor my child’s progress?
How many children with special educational needs are there at the school?
How many children would there be in my child’s class?

SPECIALIST SUPPORT

What does the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator do?
Are there any specialist teachers that visit the school?
Is there a school nurse at school?
Do other therapists e.g. physiotherapists visit school?

BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT

Are all parts of the school and grounds accessible for my child?
Do you have any specialist equipment e.g. hoists?
Does the school have an inclusion policy?