Educational settings are required to publish information about what they offer to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities from September 2014.

This information will be published as a PDF and can be found on each school’s record within The Orb. If schools provide it, we hope to also be able to publish additional information including photographs and videos as requested by families during consultation about they would find useful.

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

You should not assume that, because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational needs.

The Torbay Local Authority will always seek to place SEN pupils in mainstream schools providing that:

  • The school is suitable for the child’s age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs
  • The child’s attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other children in the school, and
  • The placement is an efficient use of the LA’s resources.

The Council has a Strategic Policy for Inclusion which works to promote inclusion, reduce disadvantage and support potential learners into learning experiences. Torbay’s key principles of inclusion includes reducing the number of pupils with Special Educational Needs in special schools and ensuring that the number in mainstream school rises.

For further information on SEN and placement within mainstream schools please contact:

The SEN Office
Tel: 01803 208274

SENDIASS is the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service for Torbay. It is a free, confidential and impartial information and advice service set up to support parents and carers of children aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Contact tel: 01803 208239

Schools Access Strategy

The Local Authority has a duty to produce an Accessibility Strategy which should outline how the LA intends to improve disabled access to those schools for which it is responsible and increase the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and the associated services provided by those schools. you can view this strategy at

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