What is a Special Educational Need?

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 The 2014 ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 years’ is our legal guide for provision within school and can be accessed here.
It defines SEN as: provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. A special educational need might fall into one or more of the following broad categories:
Communication and Interaction – such as speech and language difficulties or Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Cognition and Learning – children who learn at a slower pace to their peers or have a specific difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties – such as challenging behaviour, anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder.
Sensory and/or Physical needs – children who have visual impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI), a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) or a physical disability requiring ongoing support or equipment.