What is SEND?

Many children will need extra help with their learning at some point, but this does not necessarily mean that they have a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

Children and young people 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.

Special provision must be made for children and young people with SEND. Sometimes this may only be for a short time and sometimes support will be needed for the whole of someone’s life.

Read more about how schools and other educational settings support children with SEND.

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