What does SEND mean?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability.


All UK schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children within their community. If you are coming to our website it might be that you might have a children with SEND reasons. It is the job of both your child's school and your LEA (Local Education Authority) to support you in providing the best possible education for your children. For the vast majority of children that will be through attending their local mainstream school.


For a small number of children their needs may be better met at an alternative setting. In those circumstances we offer resources and guidance to support parents in identifying and accessing what is best for your child.


As part of the changes being implemented by the Department for  Education in 2014 all Local Education Authorities must publish information about how they support special needs pupils. This is called the “Local Offer”. Schools must also publish information on their website about how they support SEND pupils within their own establishment.

All children are individuals and their abilities in each area of the curriculum vary across a wide spectrum. Class teachers are used to providing lessons and activities which ensure good progress for pupils whatever their level of ability. However, there are situations where a child’s needs are such that it is difficult for a class teacher to provide appropriately for them without additional and/or specialist support. This is usually when a child is described as having ‘special needs’.

Below are the key organisations which can help you seek out further support for the main SEND areas that your child may be experiencing.

Enabled Learning




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