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What are Special Educational Needs?

Special Educational Needs – often known as SEN – is the term used to describe children who need provision made available to them which is over and above what you would expect a child of that age to need in order to progress.

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 - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015

Special Educational Needs covers a wide range of difficulties including but not solely:


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