Aiming High

The Aiming High team at Rutland County Council support children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The team is committed to supporting families in many ways, including improving access to short breaks, providing support networks, improving access to childcare and working with other organisations to improve services. We are also keen to increase participation and joint working with parents and young people to help develop appropriate services for the future. 

Short Breaks

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children to spend time away from their primary carers and provide parents/carers with a valuable break away from their responsibilities to re-charge their batteries. A short break ranges from an hour at an activity to a weekend away.

Read Rutland's Short Break Service Statement

Targeted Short Breaks/Activities

Some children and young people prefer to access groups and services that are specifically designed to meet their needs. These are called Aiming High Targeted Short Breaks or activities. The Aiming High Team currently offers a range of targeted short breaks at a variety of locations across the County. Details of these can be found in the Aiming High booklet (PDF) and on the Local Offer website.

Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme

In addition to these targeted activities, The Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme aims to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to access or engage in most leisure activities. The Short Breaks Scheme offers families choice and control to create their own short breaks. This means that children and young people, together with their parents or carers can creatively think about how they want to spend their leisure time and choose what works best for them. Whilst we provide funds through the Short Breaks Scheme, you will also be expected to contribute towards the overall costs of providing short breaks for your children. 

For more detailed information about the scheme or to confirm eligibility and availability, click on Aiming High Short Breaks Scheme

Aiming High online payments

Aiming High

We manage the Aiming High Database which helps us to gather information about children and young people with additional needs and provide relevant information to families. Please be aware that the database:

  • Is a confidential computer record
  • Is voluntary
  • Is used to help plan and monitor services for disabled children and young people or those with special needs
  • Young people’s information remains in the register until they’re 25 years old
  • Personal information is never shared or made public

If you choose to join the database, we will send you the Aiming High Newsletter with detailing short breaks, updates and other support available.

If you wish to register on the Aiming High database please complete the online form on the Local Offer or contact The Aiming High Team directly on 01572 758390 or

If you don’t wish to register but you are interested on information about our offer, please visit the Rutland Information Service.

Support groups:

We work closely with Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre ( and Rutland Parent Carer Voice ( who are local groups who also provide support and services to families with disabled children, feel free to email them directly for more information. 

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