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Welcome to the main Education home page for 11 to 19 years on the Local Offer. Please note that all listings and information regarding further education, employment and training is available in the Employment, Training, Further and Higher Education section of the Local Offer.

Update: Special school place planning

In September 2017, the London Borough of Waltham Forest commissioned Premier Advisory Group – a company which undertakes education and children & family research, policy and support – to undertake a consultation, with the broad aim of determining priorities for investment in education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Department for Education (DfE) has identified capital funds to support all Local Authorities in keeping the development of SEND provision under review.

The consultation will be used to inform the capital spend decisions over the next 5 years.

To find out more click here to download the Waltham Forest SPCF Consultation.pdf (742 KB).

Special Schools and Resourced Provision

In Waltham Forest there are different types of schools for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, ranging from mainstream schools with their own support and additional support through EHC plans to mainstream schools with additionally resourced provision to special schools.

Find out more about Special Schools and Resourced Provision in Waltham Forest

Find a school

The Local Offer and the Waltham Forest Directory have a complete listing of all schools in Waltham Forest.

Section 41 Education Establishments

Section 41 providers are commissioned by the Department for Education and each provider has to follow a process to assure central government that they are fit for purpose.

They are quality assured by OFSTED. 

The institutions are usually outside of London and offer residential support for learners.  Many of the institutions have a specialism such as facilities for those with sensory impairment.

Residential places are expensive and on average cost the borough more than 50k per learner.  

Therefore as advised in the SEND Code of Practice London Borough of Waltham Forest aims to work with local providers in providing high quality placements that allows learners to stay within the locality.

Click here to visit Section 41 of the Children and Families Act on GOV.UK website

Watch: EHC Plan Pathway Waltham Forest

Please take a moment to watch our short film about how to get the support you need through an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).

You can also read all about EHC Plan by clicking on the link in the Useful Information section below.

Citizens Advice SENDIASS Waltham Forest for information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Waltham Forest council has a legal duty to make arrangements to provide information and advice to parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs.

The Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice and Support Service provided by Citizens Advice in Waltham Forest is a confidential service and that can:

  • Listen to parents concerns and queries
  • Can offer contact with an independent supporter
  • Signpost to other sources of help and information
  • Help you to get your views, the views of your child or young person known, understood and valued
  • Help you prepare and go with you to meetings
  • Help with paperwork and writing reports and letters
  • Help you to look at all of the options
  • Look at ways of overcoming differences

Citizens Advice is available to all parents resident in Waltham Forest whose children have special educational needs. We aim to promote partnership between parents, the Local Authority (LA), schools, early years settings, health, social services and specialist children's services. Parents know their child better than anyone and have a key role to play in their child's education.


Telephone: 0300 330 1175

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