Special Needs Schools

Birmingham has facilities, schemes and schools that help families and children with special needs get the best education possible

Special Needs Education


Healthcare and development plans are available for families that have children with special education needs. The Special Education Development Plan (SEDP) helps children and young people up to the age of 25 by ensuring that everyone has access to sufficient education all the way up to college level.

The Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) aims to provide children with what they require for the best education possible by creating a bespoke education and needs plan with the family and support professionals. 

Key Facts

  • Almost 20 schools and colleges in the Birmingham area offer education provisions for special needs

Birmingham and the Suburbs

Almost 20 schools and colleges in the Birmingham area offer education provisions for special needs.

Many schools support a range of pupils/students with learning difficulties and disabilities though some offer bespoke education to pupils with severe sight loss (such as Priestley Smith school), pupils that are hard of hearing (such as Longwill School) or children and adults with movement disorders (NICE centre for movement disorders).

For a fuller list of SEND schools, click here.


Solihull has a variety of special schools which teach and support special education needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils. On top of these specific for special needs, there are both primary and secondary schools that have specialist units for a variety of requirements including hearing and speech impairments.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has a comprehensive list of specialist schools and schools with specialist units on their website including PRUs (Pupil Referral Units) for children that cannot attend school. 

The Special educational needs and disability (SEND) Local Offer provides advice to families with children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities. They help the families to understand which services and care are available and how to access them. More information regarding the Local Offer can be found on the council website.

Coventry and Warwickshire

The ARC schools are three independent schools in Napton, Churchend and Ansley in the Warwickshire area that help pupils with a wide range of needs from Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) to ADHD. The schools have great facilities, a low pupil to teacher ratio and are flexible to meet each pupil's needs.

Coventry has a number of special needs schools including Woodfield School which specialises in behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, Three Spires Academy which covers moderate difficulties and impairments for pupils aged three to 11 and Tiverton School located in the Coundon area.

The Black Country

Walsall and the surrounding areas are home to a number or schools that cater for SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) requirements. Oakwood School provides pupils with a variety of facilities including a multi-sensory room and a hydrotherapy swimming pool. The Castle Business & Enterprise college, also in Walsall, is designated for pupils with moderate learning difficulties but caters for a large majority of students with additional needs.

In Wolverhampton, the Tettenhall Wood School has over 90 pupils with severe or complex difficulties for ages 5 up to 19. Younger years special needs from 3-7 also have Broadmeadow School which is funded by the Wolverhampton City Council for pupils with learning difficulties and sensory impairments.


Hunters Hill Technology centre in the Bromsgrove area supports young people with moderate learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties with a structured and sympathetic approach to educational requirements.

Closer to Redditch is a residential specialist boy's school called Skilts that welcomes primary school pupils (5-11 years) with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties with associated learning difficulties.