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About SEND and the Local Offer

What does SEND mean?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Children with SEND may need a little extra help or support to achieve their full potential, and to ensure they have the same opportunities as others of the same age. For example, they may need extra help because they have difficulty with reading, understanding, talking, managing their emotions or behaviour or developing their physical skills.

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.

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