On this page you will find information and practical advice about different educational processes and options.

We hope that you find this page helpful. If you have any questions,  you can contact us and we will try to answer them for you.

You might also find our help at your school or college and our your EHCP pages helpful.

Exclusion from your school or college

If you have been sent home from your school or college and told that you cannot return, this is known as an exclusion.                                                  

There are two types of exclusion:                                                    

  • Fixed Term exclusion - this is when you are not allowed to return to your school or college for a set number of days.
  • Permanent exclusion - this is when you are not allowed to return to your school or college and will now need to get your education from a new setting.

Exclusions can sometimes show that your needs are not being met. This is why it is important that they are formally recorded.                                                          

What you can do

  • You could ask for a meeting with your school or college to talk about your concerns and ask for more support. You might find our support toolkit helpful.
  • If you do not have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) you could think about whether an EHC needs assessment would be helpful. You can find out more about this on the your EHCP page.
  • If you do have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) then it might be helpful to ask for a review of this to see if your needs have changed or if more support can be offered to you. You can find out more about this on the your EHCP page.
  • You could think about making a complaint if you think you are being treated unfairly. You can find out more about this on the your rights page.

Attending your school or college

If you are struggling to go to your school or college because of anxieties or difficulties that may be related to your special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This would come under attendance.                       

Schools have a legal duty under the Children’s and families Act 2014, to work with you to identify and support any special needs that you may have.                       

What you can do

  • You could ask for a meeting with your school or college to talk about your concerns and ask for more support. You might find our support toolkit or the health and care information and advice page helpful.
  • If you do not have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) you could think about whether an EHC needs assessment would be helpful. You can find out more about this on the your EHCP page.
  • If you do have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) then it might be helpful to ask for a review of this to see if your needs have changed or if more support can be offered to you. You can find out more about this on the your EHCP page.
  • You could speak to your doctor (GP) about your concerns. If the GP agrees that you should not attend school they can provide you with a letter to give to your school or college. If you have a long term medical or mental health condition, you might find thehealth and care information and advice page helpful.

Changing schools or college

There are three options for young people with SEND to request (ask for) a change of school or college.           

  • Through the Leeds City Council admissions process
  • This is for pupils who do not have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) and want to request another mainstream (not specialist) school or college.       

  • Request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment
  • This is for pupils that do not have an EHCP and want to request a specialist school, college or setting. This is because you need an EHCP to be allowed to go to a specialist school or college.       

  • Request an EHCP Review
  • This is for pupils with an EHCP that want to request a change of school or college. This is because the school or college written in the plan is legally binding so any change must be agreed and recorded.       

For more information on the Leeds City Council admissions process, please visit their admissions pages.       

For more information on EHC needs assessments, plans and reviews, please visit the Your EHCP page. 

You might also find the Your school, college or setting options page helpful.       

Transport to your school or college

The Law says that you may be able to get some support with travelling or maybe even free transport if you have SEND.                       

You do not need to have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) to get this support, and an EHCP does not automatically mean that free transport will be provided for you.                       

Leeds City council offers travel assistance and independent travel training to children and young people aged 5-24 years with SEND.                       

What you can do

Funding to support learning

The government can provides additional money (funding) to support learners with SEND. This is usually arranged by the school, college or setting.                                 

You do not have to have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) and an EHCP does not guarantee additional funding.                                 

What you can do

  • If you want to know more about funding or how it is being used in your school, college or setting you could speak to them, or look at their website.You might find our support toolkit helpful.    
  • If you have an EHCP and think that you may need some financial help to get the support that you need, you could think about personal budgets and direct payments.You can find more information about this on the Leeds Local offer and also on the IPSEA website.
  • You can find out more about living independently on the preparing for adulthood website.        
  • If you have any questions about money or benefits you can visit the Contact website.

Being educated at home (EHE)

Home schooling, also known as Elective Home Education (EHE) is when you are educated at home or at a private setting, rather than a school,college or educational setting. It applies to children and young people aged 5-16 and can continue to age 18 as part of education and training.                      

Your parent or carer would be responsible for providing you with this education, not the local authority (Leeds City Council).                      

If you have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) then you will also need the agreement of the local authority (Leeds City Council) to be home schooled as they will have to make sure that your learning needs will be met.                           

What you can do


More information, advice and support (IAS)

Leeds SENDIASS are not responsible for the content of sites or services offered by third parties.

You can also find more resources on our useful SEND links and tools page.