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:
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:
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