Finding SEN school or college places

We help families find the right SEN school or college place in state and independent setting

We cover the whole of the UK and our educational setting database is continuously updated with recommendations and reviews regarding specialist provision as well as feedback from the settings themselves about availability, waiting lists and how parents can best access their provision.

The team covers all types of schools, colleges and other types of settings including specialist units of mainstream schools, independent schools and college provision.

Our placement support option covers you throughout the process for up to 12 months or we can offer you a shortlist or longlist. Find out more about these options below.

Need help to decide which package to book? Call us on 020 7193 8407 or email us

Placement support

  • In this highly personalised service we develop a bespoke shortlist of schools based upon the individual learner’s full profile and the family’s requirements and then support the family throughout the process of seeking a place from any of the schools in the shortlist for up to 12 months
  • An observational visit to the learner’s current educational setting can be included if needed
  • There is an initial consultation to discuss the family’s views regarding suitable new settings and we stay in touch throughout to understand the family’s views and preferences
  • The shortlist we provide can cover a radius of up to 1.5 hours from home and also regionally and nationally if preferred
  • Our bespoke shortlist of relevant settings personalised to the learner will represent our best assessment of what is likely to be suitable for the learner as well as including schools that are likely to have availability
  • Follow up: with the family’s written permission, we will register the learner at up to 6 educational settings, completing the necessary paperwork and forwarding the required information, and liaising with schools to arrange visits and proceeding through the initial paperwork assessment and later assessment stages visiting each school with the family as required
  • We stay in touch with schools and the family as needed until either a place has been offered or all shortlisted schools have been investigated for up to 12 months
  • Types of settings included in our review:
    • Up to age 16: we review mainstream and specialist settings, nursery, primary and secondary schools, as well as state, non-maintained and independent schools, plus day or boarding options as desired plus colleges that offer 14+ provision if relevant
    • 16-25 year olds: we cover sixth forms, further and higher education colleges, universities, and vocational training together with research regarding additional provision within the setting and any further support that could help such as for the development of independent living skills
    • Local offer: we provide our feedback about the suitability of the local offer of the learner’s Local Authority
  • Learner’s views: we take these on board in determining potential options
  • How we work: families complete our search questionnaire which includes the learner’s views followed by an in depth consultation with parents and the learner, where appropriate, at the start and following completion of our report. These are typically via Skype, Microsoft Teams or Facetime
  • Cost: £4,350 within a search radius of up to 1.0 hour from home, £5,750 for a regional search and £7,250 for a national search. Registration and assessment fees and pre-agreed, reasonable, out of pocket travel expenses are paid by the family
  • Payment: is requested in full prior to commencement of the service
  • Booking: you can book your search by filling out the search form here

Shortlist service

  • We assess the individual learner’s profile in detail through reviewing any Education and Health Care Plan, as well as up to date educational psychology and other reports. An observational visit to the learner’s current setting can be included if needed
  • We discuss the family’s views in depth regarding suitable new settings and also again after developing the personalised shortlist at the end to discuss the outcome of our shortlist process
  • The shortlist we provide can cover a radius of up to 1 hour from home and also regionally and nationally if preferred and can provide quotes for these shortlist options on a personalised basis
  • Our bespoke shortlist of relevant settings will represent our best assessment of what is likely to be suitable for the learner as well as including schools that are likely to have availability so we will have spoken with the schools on the shortlist to ensure that we are providing up to date views on availability and likelihood of admission
  • Armed with our shortlist families can then review and visit schools in order to make their own decision about next steps
  • Types of settings included in our review:
    • Up to age 16: we review mainstream and specialist settings, nursery, primary and secondary schools, as well as state, non-maintained and independent schools, plus day or boarding options as desired plus colleges that offer 14+ provision if relevant
    • 16-25 year olds: we cover sixth forms, further and higher education colleges, universities, and vocational training together with research regarding additional provision within the setting and any further support that could help such as for the development of independent living skills
    • Local offer: we provide our feedback about the suitability of the local offer of the learner’s Local Authority
    • Learner’s views: we take these on board in determining potential options
  • How we work: families complete our search questionnaire which includes the learner’s views followed by an in depth consultation with parents and the learner, where appropriate, at the start and following completion of our report. These may be in person or via Skype, Microsoft Teams or Facetime
  • Follow up: we will stay in touch with families after the shortlist report and can provide further support on a pay as you go basis
  • Cost: £2,850 within a search radius of up to 1.0 hour from home. We will provide a personalised price for national and regional searches depending upon the types of schools or colleges of interest and the location
  • Payment: upfront upon completion of the booking form/questionnaire
  • Timeframe: this educational setting review typically takes 6 weeks from the first family consultation during term times
  • Booking: you can book by completing the search questionnaire here

School and/or college longlist

  • Our specialist team will provide you with a long list of all educational settings that meet your search criteria and are within your search radius
  • With our longlist families can then follow up directly with each setting to determine availability and suitability
  • Types of settings included in the longlist:
    • Up to age 16: we review mainstream and specialist settings, nursery, primary and secondary schools, as well as state, non-maintained and independent schools, plus day or boarding options as desired as well as colleges that take students typically from 14+ if relevant
    • 16-25 year olds: we cover sixth forms, further and higher education colleges, universities, and vocational training together with research regarding additional provision within the setting and any further support that could help such as for the development of independent living skills
    • Local offer: details of the relevant Local Authority local offer settings in the search radius
  • Cost: £895 for as many schools as meet your criteria within the search area of up to 45 minutes from home. For a wider search radius get in touch and we will give you a quote depending upon the nature of settings and search area
  • Payment: up front in full before commencement of the service
  • To get started: contact us and we will provide you with a questionnaire to complete.
  • Timeframe: this service takes 3 weeks during term time and payment is made prior to commencement of the service
  • Booking: you can book your search by filling out the registration form here
  • If further help is sought after this step a shortlist or placement support service can be purchased by paying the difference

Finding an educational setting in a hurry with transition planning

  • Sometimes educational settings no longer work for the child or young person or can no longer meet their needs and sometimes learners can refuse to return to school or college. We know this can be a stressful time for families
  • This search includes all the elements for a shortlist or placement support package although is completed within a shorter time scale to be agreed and can include, if desired, discussion with the existing professionals and educational setting involved to help inform how best to proceed
  • We will include suggestions regarding the best strategies to cover any time during which a learner is not able to be within a setting bearing in mind the family’s budget for this time
  • The total fee would comprise the relevant fee above in addition to a further fee of £950 for the shortlist service and £1,500 for the placement service