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What is SEND?

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [SEND] is a term used to describe the needs of a child /young person who has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

SEND covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability falling into four categories: cognition and learning; communication and interaction; sensory and/or physical; social, emotional and mental health.

Communication and Interaction

Cognition and Learning

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Sensory/ Physical Needs

Schools are required by law to provide education for all students, regardless of ability or needs.

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 facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.