Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Information

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This page is intended to provide you and your family with useful information, ideas and resources, including links to external organisations who can give you support and guidance.

We hope that you find it helpful.

Who to contact?

  • If you need support while working from home, please get in touch.
  • If you need support with your studies, please contact your tutors. You can also contact our SEND Managers in Additional Learning Support:
Worthing and Shoreham
Additional Learning Support Manager

Melanie Heaven

Jackie Frost

Lee Baeza




  • If you have worries or concerns, you can contact our pastoral mentors: mentor@gbmc.ac.uk  A pastoral mentor will be in touch by email, text or phone. 
  • If you are worried about your safety or the safety of another student, you can contact the Safeguarding team: safeguarding@gbmc.ac.uk
  • For more information and contact details please look at our Coronavirus ‘frequently asked questions’: click here to access

Educational resources and activities

  • The Government has created a list on online resources for learning at home: Click here to access.

  • Activity ideas for children and young people with special needs and disabilities. It includes tips on looking after yourself and talking to your children or young person about the Coronavirus: Click here to access.

  • Soundabout is a national charity that has pioneered the use of music, rhythm and sound to give disabled children and adults a voice - a way to express themselves and be listened to. They are running interactive music making sessions via Facebook: Click here to access.

  • Here is a BSL signed version of the statement from Ofqual about how qualifications will be assessed this year: Click here to access.

  • For the latest updates and more, BBC Newsround has news stories and other resources available: Click here to access.
Educational resources and activities

Useful information

  • If you or your young person has a learning disability or autism and need to leave the house to exercise more than once a day, the Government has said this is allowed and you can travel by car to a quieter area if you need to. To give you reassurance, Amaze have produced a letter you can take with you: Click here to download.
  • Turn2Us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track during Covid-19 and in the future: Find out more here.
  • A social story explaining the Coronavirus: Download here.
  • During this time, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after: Find out more here.
  • Handwashing tips for people with Sensory Integration Difficulties: Click here to access.
  • Carers Support West Sussex supports all carers including parents who have children with SEND to adults looking after adults. It is currently offering phone and online support. Find out more here.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has shared this story/worksheet about how to cope with coronavirus change: Click here to access.
  • Reaching Families is a parent-carer led, grassroots charity with aims to support parents and families of young people across West Sussex with special educational needs and disabilities in their daily lives: Find out more here.
  • West Sussex Educational Psychology Service are offering phone discussions with an educational psychologist to parents and carers who live in West Sussex and practitioners who work in West Sussex. Find out more here.
  • This website has been created for families who care for children, young people or adults with a learning disability or developmental difficulty (including those who are autistic). Family carers will find information about positive approaches for supporting wellbeing and supporting choice, independence and communication for their relative. Family carers will also find information about how to support their relative if they display behaviours that challenge. Find out more here.
  • This is a collection of thoughts and experiences of children and teens with dyslexia about how they are coping with learning in lockdown. Click here to access.
Useful information

Wellbeing and mental health

  • If your young person is worried or anxious about Coronavirus, Young Minds offer a Parent's Helpline with expert advice: Click here to access.
  • The Mind website offers some practical advice and support for people during this time: Find out more here.
  • The BBC has compiled some helpful information about how to protect your mental health: Click here to access.
  • Information about health and anxiety and Coronavirus: Click here.
  • Mencap have a dedicated Coronavirus information hub: Click here.
  • OCD and Coronavirus tips: Click here.
  • Young Minds have provided information about what to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus: Find out more here.
  • Tips for managing anxiety: Click here.
  • Active Sussex and REBOOT have produced a schedule of free local sports and activities you can access at home: Find out more.
  • Advice from Every Mind Matters on looking after children and young people during Coronavirus: Click here.
  • E-Wellbeing provides support for 13-25 year olds with their mental health: Click here.
  • Place2Be is a useful reference specifically aimed at answering questions of children who are suffering with anxiety: Find out more.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has shared this list of useful and accessible suggestions on what to do when faced with anxiety: Click here.


Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. They also support young people with SEND up to 25-years-old.

Amaze Compass Card

The Amaze Compass Card is a discount card for 0 to 25 year olds with special educational needs or disabilities in Brighton & Hove or West Sussex. The card offers hundreds of discounts to a wide range of leisure related venues. We know that being out in the community and accessing affordable leisure has a beneficial impact on young people’s mental health and we are urging young people, and their families where appropriate, to complete the Compass application form.

Find out more about the Compass Card

Amaze resources

Amaze have produced FAQs about Covid-19 and the lockdown which are targeted at parent carers and young people with SEND. It is updated as new information becomes available. Click here to access these FAQs.

Additional resources:

  • Wellbeing information and links for parent carers, children and young people: Click here.
  • Leisure, learning and lockdown information for families: Click here.
  • What's happening to education, employment and training for young people during Covid-19: Click here .
  • Amaze’s Amazing Futures group for young people is continuing to offer group support and activities by moving to Zoom: Click here.
  • The Amaze Looking Forward project is continuing to offer education, employment and training support to young people and their parent carers via Zoom: Click here.
  • Amaze host two of the Sussex parent carer forums. They work closely with the local authorities and health services to ensure that the voice of parent carers is heard and are involved in planning. They are a good way to link in with other families: Click here.
  • Amaze’s Face2Face service offers peer support to parent carers at time of new diagnosis or new challenges: Click here.
  • Amaze’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS): Click here.

Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity

Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity have helped more than 600 families from across the Southeast who have children with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments. They help children under 5 with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments make the best possible start in life – and give families the support and skills to continue their development at home.

They have put together a resource guide to help provide information for parents to access advice and guidance during COVID-19.  Please visit their website for more information. 


The National Autistic Society (NAS) have created a hub on their website with information and resources about Coronavirus to help children, staff and parents deal with this difficult time.

Ambitious about Autism is an organisation which aims to support all autistic young people to learn, thrive and achieve and lead fulfilling lives. Find out more here.



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