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About SEND and the local offer

What does SEND mean?

SEND stands for special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The legal speak… A child or young person aged from 0 to 25 years old is said to have special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they:

  • have a learning difficulty or disability which makes it much harder for them to learn than the majority of other pupils of the same age
  • require special educational provision to be made for them because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools

Supporting children and young people with SEND is everyone’s responsibility.

However, local authorities have responsibilities by law to support children and young people with SEND, up to the age of 25. This includes helping them to prepare for adulthood and independence, and transition to further support when they are ready.

We want every child to dream, believe and achieve and fulfil their potential. Children with SEND may need a little extra help or support to do this, and to ensure they have the same opportunities as others of the same age.

You can read our SEND Strategy here. This strategy has been produced in collaboration with families and professionals and sets out how we will support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

Special educational needs and disabilities can affect a child or young person’s:

  • ability to learn
  • behaviour or ability to socialise and make friends
  • reading and writing
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels
  • physical ability.

Our SEND Local Offer helps children and young people with SEND and their families to find the right help and support for them.