Information on the 4 Areas of SEND

How is a Special Educational Need defined?

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. 

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions

We should not ‘fit’ a pupil into a category, but rather provide support based on their particular area/s of need. (SEND Code of Practice, 2015)

For an overview of Special Educational Needs and Disability please see the guide below:

Special Educational Needs and Disability – A guide for parents and carers (click here)

 

 

There are considered to be four areas of Special Educational Need.  To find out more, please click on the links for each of the areas below:

                                                                          

 

Communication and Interaction

Cognition and Learning 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

 

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