The general arrangements and specific provision for education varies between local authorities.

Follow the link below for arrangements in your area.

Independent Special Schools

For a comparatively small number of children whose needs are not met by local day provision it is possible to get funding for residential independent provision inside or outside the local authority area. While there is a policy preference for mainstreaming, the Government has specifically exempted the UK from the UN Disability Convention so that a full range of provision can be available and so that parents can have a choice of school. A useful website link showing a list of special schools can be found at:


There are a number of publications available from which lists Special
Needs Schools but please read the reviews and be guided by your own judgement as to
the publication which is most relevant to your needs:

Schools for Special Needs 2012/2013 by Gabbitas £21.99
This Guide is designed specifically for parents. It lists over 2000 establishments, special schools and mainstream schools with provision for special needs, and includes detailed profiles of many of these schools plus extensive guidance on the system of obtaining special needs provision.

Which School for Special Needs? 2012/13 by Wendy Bosberry-Scott - £18.99
Choosing a School for a child with Special Needs 2009 by Ruth Birnbaum - £15.19
The Good Schools Guide: Special Educational Needs 2008 - £18.57 by Sandra Hutchinson

The 1993, 1996, 2002 and 2004 Education Acts form the legislation that governs the 1981
Education Act. Further up-to-date information can be obtained from:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
1c Aberdeen Studios
2 Highbury Grove
London N5 2DQ
Tel: 020 7704 3370
General Advice: Freephone 0808 800 5793

The Welsh Assembly Government publishes statutory guidance on education.

Further information can be obtained from:

Welsh Assembly Government
Additional Learning Needs
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NQ
Tel: 029 2082 6078 (Public Enquiries)

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