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If parents are opposed to SEN provision for their child, take a look at this article for guidance on how to address their concerns.

You must keep parents informed

Where it is decided that a pupil does have special educational needs (SEN), the pupil's parents must be formally informed that special educational provision is being made.

That's set out in paragraph 6.43 of the statutory SEND Code of Practice.

Hold meetings with concerned parents

If parents don't want to accept that their child has SEN, organise a meeting to discuss how you can best support the child's learning.

We got the advice below from our associate education expert Lorraine Petersen and an adviser from the Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA). 

The pupil’s attainment is below the national average, or below that of their peers (initial assessments could be used as evidence to support this) If provision isn’t put in place the pupil may not 'catch up' with their peers, and may not be ready for the next year or school phase Categorising a

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