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What is SEND?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability


In addition to what is provided for all children, we know that this is not always enough for some children. Sometimes children have difficulties which means they need more help and support in school.


These may include difficulties in:


Cognition and Learning- This covers how children learn.


Communication and Interaction- This covers speech, language and communication.


Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties- This covers any areas related to children’s well-being and social skills.


Sensory and/or Physical Needs- This covers any difficulties related to the senses (vision, hearing, physical movement) or medical conditions.  


Who to talk to

If you think your child may have special educational needs, please discuss these with your child's class teacher or contact Vicki Dixon (SENCO) or Elise Hauxwell (Assistant SENCO) or call 01642 607123.

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