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What is SEND?

 What is SEND?


 ‘A child or young person has SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) 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:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.’


(SEND Code of Practice 2014)


This is a broad definition covering all children and young people from 0-25 years of age.


The Code of Practice 2014 identifies 4 main areas of need:


1. Communication and Interaction

2. Cognition and Learning

3. Social, Mental and Emotional health

4. Sensory and/ or Physical Needs


From September 2014 all schools are required to provide information to parents about how they will support children and their families if a child is deemed to have special educational needs. The provision and support offered at Ford is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its pupils. As a result the information on these pages concerning SEN will be reviewed and updated regularly.


For further information please read the school SEN Policy.