Applying for primary school places for your children is a big decision, especially if you have additional considerations such as special education needs or disabilities to factor in. At Twins Trust, we understand the overwhelm of information that can come your way whilst considering the best places for your children's education and we've collated some information here to help you with the applications and appeals process.


How to submit an application for my multiples

You can find information here about the process for applying for primary schools, including the deadlines and how to give your multiples the best chances of being accepted into the same school here.

If you're applying outside of the normal timing for school applications, you can find out more about how to apply here.

Applying outside of the deadline


My child has SEND requirements - how do I consider this with the school application?

If your child or children have special educational needs or disabilities, it's important to discuss what's best for their education with your health visitor or nursery workers. You can also visit the schools that you are considering and speak to the teachers there about their support for SEND children and how they ensure that their needs are being met.

Remember, you are the person who knows your child the best. Ask any questions that come to mind and ensure that you are comfortable with the schools that you're applying to.

You can find out more about who to speak to about your child and getting the support that they need on the UK Government website.


One child has special education needs, but their siblings don't - should they go to the same school?

This is ultimately a personal decision and it's based on where you think your children will thrive the best. Speaking to schools that you're considering is the best approach to understanding whether you should keep them together or split them apart. There is no 'one rule fits all' with multiples. We have personal stories about keeping multiples together or apart and a questionnaire which can help you with this difficult question.

Together or apart?


If applying for school outside of the normal applications, your preferred school may have limited availability and it's possible you will be disappointed with the allocated primary school place for your children, or they may get allocated to different schools. Depending on these circumstances you may want to appeal this decision. We have created a support pack and hub of information to help guide you through this process.

Appealing applications


Preparing your twins, triplets and more for primary school

Starting school is a huge milestone for any child, so we've created resources, guides and advice to help you navigate this big step.

Preparing for primary school


Further help and resources from Twins Trust

We understand that there are a lot of questions around your children starting primary school - especially when twins and triplets are more likely to experience developmental delays and prematurity. The below resources can help you feel confident and supported with this next stage of parenting.

Online community

Our online community groups offer a supportive environment for parents or carers of twins, triplets or more.


Our helpline, Twinline, is here to support you, answering questions about feeding, sleeping, starting school, friendships, getting to grips with the teenage years, or anything else multiples related.

Professional Referral Service

We have a team of volunteers - all professional experts in their field - who can help families of multiples with educational and development issues.


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