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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Admissions and Inclusion and Exclusions

Under the current legislation a child’s parent or the young person themselves has the right to request a particular school, college or other institution of the following type to be named in their EHC Plan:

  • Maintained Nursery school
  • Maintained school and any form of academy or free school (mainstream or special)
  • Non maintained special school
  • Further education or sixth form college
  • Independent school or independent specialist colleges (where they have been approved for this purpose by the Secretary of State and publishes in a list available to all parents and young people).

Where a child’s parent or the young person themselves makes a request for a particular nursery, school or post-16 institution in these groups the local authority must comply with that preference and name the school or college in the EHC Plan unless:

  • It would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or
  • The attendance of the child or young person would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources.

Where a parent or young person does not make a request for a particular nursery, school or post-16 institution the local authority must specifiy a mainstream provision in the EHC Plan unless it would be:

  • Against the wishes of the parent or young person, or
  • In compatible with the efficient education of others.

Further details on admissions and criteria to be considered may be found in the current SEND Code of Practice paragraphs 9.78 to 9.94. The Code of Practice may be found at website.

Inclusion Team

Exclusions

How we can help you?

Offer advice and support where you have any queries about the exclusion process and to ensure children and young people are able to continue their education following a permanent exclusion.

The Inclusion Team holds an Exclusion Surgery for parent/carers on the first Thursday of every month between 10 am and 1 pm where they can find out more about the exclusion process and seek further support. The session is available as a drop in although booking an appointment in advance is advisable.  The venue is International House, Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QE and bookings can be made on 020 7926 9693 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Elective Home Education

Lambeth Virtual School Policy downloadable link

Parents do not have to send their child to school. They may legally make other arrangements and provide an education that is based ‘otherwise than at school’ – usually this is at home. For further information please contact 020 7926 9628 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It should be noted that in deciding to home educate parents take over all financial responsibility for their child’s education – the Local Authority is not able to offer any financial support.