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Support with Learning

Welcome to the part of the Local Offer website that contains information on support with learning.

In Portsmouth we are a needs led city. This means that it shouldn’t matter if your child has a diagnosis, they will get support and help based purely on the needs that they have.

All children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and enables them to fulfil their potential. This means they should:

  • achieve their best.
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • make a successful move into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.

The information, advice and resources in the Portsmouth local offer will help you to support your child in their education setting.

Click on one of the support with learning images below to find out more.

To search for all education support and services in Portsmouth City go to our Information Hub. 

Supporting SEND in School

Click here to find out how schools provide support for those with SEND ( Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). This includes SEN support and Portsmouth's Ordinarily Available Provision.

Support with Learning in School

Post-16 Learning Support

There are a number of post-16 learning and training options in Portsmouth City. Click here for more information on further education, apprenticeships, supported internships and general post-16 learning.

Preparing For Adulthood

Education Health and Care Plans

For children and young people who's needs can't be met in the ordinarily available provision of an education setting, an EHCP may be appropriate. Click here for more information on statutory assessments and EHCPs.

Education Health and Care plans ( EHCP)

Areas of Need

There are a variety of different needs and disabilities that exist in children and young people with SEND. Click here for more information on some of the main areas of need including Autism, ADHD, Mental Health needs and Physical needs.

Areas of Need

Educational Psychology

Educational psychologists help children and young people up to the age of 19 reach their full potential in the fields of learning, social and emotional development. Follow the link below to find out more about the EP service in Portsmouth City.

Educational Psychology Service

Education Settings in Portsmouth

Click the link below to find a complete list of all the schools, colleges and education settings in Portsmouth City and the immediate surrounding area.

Education Settings in Portsmouth

Health Services Frequently asked questions

My child is due to start a new school this September, how will the move be supported ?

I think my child might have special educational needs, what should I do?

What is a SENCO?

My child is not getting the help they need in their school, what should I do?

My child is leaving school this year, what post-16 options do they have?

What do I do if my child with SEND is at risk of exclusion from school?

What is Preparing for Adulthood and who can help my child with this?

What do I do if I am not happy with something in my child's education setting?

Get in touch - tell us what you think

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