SEN Information Page

Understanding and identification is crucial for children with a special need or disability. Staff, in partnership with parents, pupils and where needed, outside agencies, monitor, assess, plan and provide the best education possible for each individual child.

This page is here to support parents and children in understanding of different types of special needs and and suggests other local agencies who can offer more support.

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What is a special need?

In England, the government defines special needs as:

A child has special educational needs if they have a learning problem or disability that make it more difficult for them to learn than most children their age. They may have problems with schoolwork, communication or behaviour.

'Special educational needs' is a legal definition and refers to children with learning problems or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children the same age.

There are four main areas of Special Educational Need:

Cognition and learning

Communication and interaction

Social emotional mental health

Physical and sensory

What is the SEND Code of Practice?

The SEND code of practice is a statutory code containing:

  • details of legal requirements that you must follow without exception
  • statutory guidance that you must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to
  • It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The code, which applies to England, is for:

  • headteachers and principals
  • governing bodies
  • school and college staff
  • special educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators
  • early years providers
  • other education settings
  • local authorities
  • health and social services staff

What is Mental Health?

What is autism?



What is ADHD?


What is dyslexia?


What is Dyscalculia?


What is Tourette's Syndrome


What is ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)?



What is PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)?