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What is SEND?

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

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing ability
  • ability to understand things within the classroom
  • concentration levels, for example because they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • physical ability

The council is responsible for the special educational needs of all children and young people living in the borough from the age of 0 to 25 under the Children and Families Act 2014. However, we expect the needs of the majority of students with special educational needs to be met within a school’s SEN Support resources. This will mean that most schools and colleges can meet those needs, without any additional funding.

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