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What is SEND?

The definition of SEND

SEND is short for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability and they need educational support that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age.

A child or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if

  • they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • they have a disability which makes it difficult for them to use the facilities normally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or post-16 institutions.

Someone has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities