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Definitions of special educational needs (SEND) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  1. have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils of the same age; or
  2. have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for pupils of the same age in mainstream schools


This policy is designed to ensure that:

  • Pupils with SEND have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that maximises the life chances of all
  • The needs of all pupils are rapidly identified through observation and assessment
  • All pupils are encouraged to learn through a range of enjoyable and stimulating experiences
  • All pupils learn to develop independent learning skills so that they will be equipped to deal with life after school
  • All pupils are encouraged to see education as a life-long process
  • All teachers are teachers of SEND pupils
  • Wherever possible, all children are taught in their own class group, and that withdrawal is kept to a minimum
  • Resources are allocated flexibly to target and support the students with SEND
  • Appropriate training and support are provided for all staff in relation to their responsibilities for meeting the needs of students with SEND
  • Effective ways are found to inform and consult with all parents about SEND in school; and to support those parents whose children have SEND
  • There are effective lines of communication between all involved: children, staff, parents, governors and other agencies. 

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