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Education

The Education Local Offer will be maintained and improved with the help of parents, carers, children and young people.

To see where children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are educated in Solihull please click here.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council want all our children and young people to achieve and live fullfiling lives. We want our young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. With this in mind we have published our SEND Strategy for your information. The strategy recognises that all stakeholders need to work together particularly Schools, Colleges, Health, Social Care (including Adult services) and the voluntary sector. The strategy ensures that we are all working together through a common vision.

Here you can view the Solihull Accessibility Strategy 2016-2019

Children in mainstream schools and early years settings

We have agreed with schools and their governing bodies what should be available for children and young people in mainstream schools and early years settings. For information on what a specific school or setting can offer visit the school, governor and local authority responsibilities page.

In April 2013 the government introduced changes to how schools are funded for SEN page. These changes are to help schools and settings to provide appropriate support to children and young people with additional needs.

School responsibilities

Each school must publish on their website:

  • How they identify and support the special educational needs of a child or young person.
  • How they work with parents and agencies to support this.

All Solihull Schools have been working on producing this information and most will have a link directly to it on their websites.

There is a school offer toolkit site available to schools to help in producing their own local offer.  This was developed jointly by Solihull Council and Coventry City Council.

Early education and childcare information

Some 2 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours per week Early Education Funding. To find out more about the criteria and how to apply for 2 year old funding please visit the following Family Information Service webpage.

The term following your child's third birthday they will be entitled to up to 15 hours per week Early Education Funding. From Autumn 2017 they could receive up to 30 hours per week funding. To find out more about 3 and 4 year old funding, including the 30 hours extended entitlement, please visit the following Family Information Service webpage.

The Family Information Service has information on Ofsted registered childcare, childcare funding options, events, activities and support for parents.

Schools in Solihull

The Local Offer service directory lists all schools in Solihull giving contact details and links to their websites for further information.  This includes links to information on what each school is offering.

Out of borough schools

If there is no suitable provision in Solihull, we will consult with local authorities surrounding Solihull for places in schools maintained by those authorities. Information about these schools  will be found on the Local Offer websites of those authorities.

Occasionally pupils will be placed at a school on the list of:

  • Independent Special Schools in England including non-maintained special schools excluding section 41 Special Schools and Colleges.
  • Special Schools and Colleges approved under section 41 in England and Wales.

These lists are maintained by the Department for Education and can be viewed here.

Solihull colleges and post 16 options

A number of Solihull mainstream schools have sixth forms. The entry criteria for each sixth form can be found on the school websites.

Information about Solihull special schools that have post 16 provision can be found in the service directory.

Colleges in and around Solihull support young people with additional needs or disabilities.

Young people with additional needs may also want to consider apprenticeships.

Advice, information and support for parents, carers and young people

Solihull SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support) are here to support children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers.

Our aim is to enable children and young people and their parents/carers to make informed decisions about their child’s education. Information, advice and support for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers will be impartial.  The service is free to access, confidential and provides accurate, comprehensive, understandable information.

Travel assistance

To see school and college transport arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs, visit our Travel Assistance page.

Statutory assessment – Education, Health and Care Plans or Statements of Special Educational Needs

For information about statutory assessment, visit the Education, Health and Care Process and Plans pages. The SEN Team can be contacted on  sen@solihull.gov.uk or 0121 704 6690.

Personal budgets

For information about Personal Budgets for children and young people with special education needs and / or disabilities please view the Solihull Council Personal Budgets factsheet. (PDF)

Managing Intimate Care and Supported Toileting in Solihull Schools

These guidelines have been developed by the local authority in partnership with other stakeholders. The purpose of this guidance is to support governors, head teachers and proprietors in setting clear expectations of behaviour and/ or codes of practice relevant to the provision of intimate care. It is also to assist adults working with children and young people to establish what safe, respectful and appropriate intimate care involves and the importance of regular line management, supervisory support and needs led training.

Elective Home Education (EHE)

For information on Home Education (Elective Home Education) please click here.

Accessibility