I was SENCO in a large urban primary school with extremely high levels of children with SEN for a number of years and made countless referrals to outside agencies for assistance/ assessments for children with suspected SEN. This area is often extremely confusing to teachers and parents as there are so many different services covering different issues and who have different ways in which they accept referrals. This document is a collection of information that I have been told by NEPS, SENOs, occupational therapists and other professionals, and which I collated into this quick reference guide on what to do if concerned about a child with regards to SEN.
Please note that this is not a definitive guide or an official document on referral options for children with additional needs. This is for general information purposes and other referral pathways/ options may be available in different localities. Each child should be considered individually and a plan of action which is most appropriate to their specific needs implemented.