Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Forum Centre works in close partnership with the Dorset SEND team to ensure that pupil needs are quickly identified and supported appropriately.  Our staff receive regular training and updates regarding Special Educational Needs and Disability support strategies from a range of professionals and agencies. 

SEND strategies are planned and monitored carefully in order to provide the best possible outcomes for our pupils regardless of SEND status.  We currently work closely with the County (Educational) Psychologist Service (CPS), Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS) and Health professionals to deliver appropriately differentiated learning experiences and to coordinate application for and management of Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs).

Dorset Local Offer SENDIASS

All local authorities must now develop and publish their Local Offer to explain what is available for children and young people with SEN and disabilities across education, health and social care. The Local Offer should be:

Collaborative –  involving parents, children and young people
Accessible – easy to understand and related to your needs
Comprehensive – covering support for full 0-25 age range
Transparent – clear how decisions are made and who is accountable
Up to date – information is reviewed and updated annually

Dorset’s Local Offer is continually developing and improving. To date, there are over 500 published Local Offer records from early year providers, schools and Local Authority services. 

To view the Local Offer for The Forum Centre, please visit: 

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Dorset Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) offer free, confidential, accurate and impartial advice and support to families living in Dorset:

  • children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • parents and carers of children and young people with SEND


SEND Information

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