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.

School and college - special needs and disability – East Sussex County Council

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In an effort to secure support beyond the everyday Curriculum on offer, St Mary’s has developed a range of interventions aimed at creating a ‘Support for Learning’ culture that all pupils can access. Further information on these programmes can be found here

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If you require any support, please don't hesitate to contact school SENCo:

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

Parent portal - Speech and Language link

Welcome to the Speech and Language Link Parent Portal - award-winning speech and language support website for parents, carers and families.

At Speech and Language Link, we understand that supporting your child’s language learning, alongside everything else that life demands from you, can be challenging. The Parent Portal provides ideas and advice, information and activities for developing your child’s understanding, talking and listening in a way that works for all of your family.

How to use the site? Visit the development tab to help you work out what the next steps are for your child’s learning and then go to the stage-appropriate activities section. You don’t always need to create a special time for working on listening and talking, use our everyday activities turn many routine tasks into support activities.

Our speech and language therapists have devised support videos for you. Check out the ‘Can I have your attention please?’ series to help get your child in the right frame of mind for learning and access super fun games and ideas to encourage a range of language skills.

Our activities are designed to fit around normal family life and by implementing some of them every day you can make a real difference to your child’s language development.

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SEN events

Live webinar

Successful schooling: A parent's guide to the foundations of achievement

Join Rachel Varney (Therapeutic SENCo for the ADHD Foundation) for a webinar, as she gives advice to parents and carers on homework, school refusal, friendships and how to help develop a successful school experience for your child.

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Time: 10am - 11am (including Q&A)

Please use the link below to register

Successful schooling: a parent's guide to the foundations of achievement - Witherslack Group