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The admission of children with Statements of SEN to schools is a matter for the LA who has statutory responsibility for arranging their provision.   There are admissions criteria for each special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement.  A link to the admissions criteria for Kent special schools can be found below:


The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Area Offices:

East Kent 01227 284405, AEN.resources-east@kent.gov.uk

Mid Kent 01233 898639, AEN.resources-mid@kent.gov.uk

West Kent 01732 525036, AEN.resources-west@kent.gov.uk


Pre-school children are admitted to Milestone Academy Early Years through the MAP process.  Professionals – Early Support Workers, Portage and Pre-school settings apply through either the Local Inclusiion Forum Team – for further information consult http://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/66479/a-parents-easy-read-guide-to-LIFT.pdf.   or directly through the Local Authority by way of a Specialist School Placement which is also available on KELSI.  

Observation and assessment places are awarded to children who the multi agency panel feel would benefit from a specialist placement as they are not making progress within their mainstream setting or home environment.  Children would already have additional support in place via SENIF funding or Outreach support.

When a child is attending the Academy Nursery a decision will be made by staff and parents if statutory assessment should be applied for.