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Information about admissions to Plymouth primary and secondary schools is available on the Plymouth City Council website. Tel: (01752) 307470.   The policy on attendance (including information about fines for unauthorised absence) can be accessed on the Plymouth City Council website.

Ofsted reports for schools in England.

Further information on schools, admissions including the admissions timetable, school meals, home schooling, school transport and much more is found on the Plymouth City Council website.

The Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

PIAS provides parents, carers of children and young people with SEND and also the children and young people independently with:

  • support at meetings
  • support around education and training issues.

Special Educational Needs

The special educational needs of the great majority of children should be met effectively within mainstream settings through Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus or School Action and School Action Plus, without the Local Education Authority needing to make a statutory assessment.

The assessment of special educational needs should be seen as a partnership between parents, the professionals contributing advice and the Local Education Authority. The parents and child should be closely involved at each stage of the assessment and encouraged to participate wherever possible. The degree to which the child’s views and feelings can be taken into account will vary according to their age and ability.

A statement of special educational needs sets out the child’s needs and all the special help he or she should have. The proposed statement will be issued to parents with all the advice obtained during the statutory assessment. If parents are not happy with the proposed statements there are a number of opportunities to request meetings for them to raise their concerns.

Useful links:

Plymouth City Council Education Support

Plymouth Online Directory for Families

Plymouth Parent Information Advice and Support (PIAS)


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