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Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA)

Young people studying or intending to study in higher education can apply for a Disabled Student's Allowance, to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or other disability. You can get the allowances on top…

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

What is an Education Health and Care Plan? For most children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) their needs can be met from extra help and reasonable adjustments that can be made from funding and resources that are already available in…

EHC plans and personal budgets

This guidance is about personal budgets for children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan). What is a personal budget? A personal budget is an allocation of money available from Croydon Council or Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group to fund…

Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

Employment Support Allowance is for young people who are ill or are disabled. It offers you financial support if you are unable to work, or personalised help so that you can work if you are able to. It is provided by the Department for Work…

Frequently asked questions

Some of our most asked questions about SEND are listed below. 

Full-time education post-16

You can choose the following options continue in full -time study  after Year 11:

Locality SEND Support: supporting children in mainstream schools

To improve the quality and timing of support to Croydon resident children with special needs and disabilities (SEND), we are excited to announce a new scheme in 33 local mainstream primary and secondary schools. This is called the Locality SEND Support Scheme. What is Locality…

Making a request

Further guidance for parent/carer, young person or education settings are included below. Request forms can be downloaded from the forms listed on the right hand side.


What to do if a parent/carer or young person disagrees with a decision that the LA has made regarding Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs and assessments or issue of an EHC plan? Disagreements about LA decisions usually relate to the following: Decision not to…

Reviewing and ceasing an EHCP

Why are EHC plans reviewed? The regular review of EHC Plans provides the opportunity for everyone involved in supporting the child or young person to check and monitor how well he/she is progressing towards the outcomes set, to see whether the provision remains appropriate and…

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