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What is SEND?

1. What is SEND? 2. Identifying and Assessing SEND 3. How schools and other Educational settings support children with SEND
4. EHC Needs Assessment 5. SEND IAS -  Information and Advice Service 6. The Graduated Approach

Children at certain points in their life will require extra support with their learning.  However, this does not mean that a child necessarily has a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND).

A Child or young person is said to have SEND if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age;
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from using the facilities generally provided in mainstream schools or colleges.

If a child falls within the definition above, then they MAY require special educational provision.  A child or young person with SEND may need extra help or support that will allow them to have the same opportunities as others of the same age. Sometimes, extra support will be for a short time, or sometimes support is needed for someone's whole life.


What do we mean by disability?

The Equality Act (2010) defines disability as;

a) the person has a physical or mental impairment, and
b) the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

If you feel your child needs extra support, please see What to do if you have a concern about your child.

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