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The term Special Educational Needs (SEN) has a legal definition.
Children with special educational needs have learning difficulties or impairments that make it harder for them to learn than most children the same age.
Children with SEN might need additional help with a range of needs, such as:
Many children have additional or special educational needs of some kind at different times during their education. Schools and other organisations can help most children overcome these difficulties easily and quickly. But a few children will need extra help for most or all of their time at school.
Education, Health and Care Plans are only available for children with severe and complex needs. All families with an approved education, health and care plan have a legal right to request a personal budget, if they choose.
Yes. The Council for Disabled Children has produced a parent-friendly guide on the Special Educational Needs and Disability system.
A range of organisations are available to assist parents and young disabled people with Education, Health and Care Plan process.
The Council for Disabled Children has information on who is available in your area. You can receive Independent Support from a trained and experienced person to help you navigate through the new SEN system.
Academies and free schools have the same SEN duties as other schools.
Scope can provide Independent Support to you and your child. Please fill out our Independent Support form to register.
Find more SEN websites.
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