Contact Details and Definitions
Every teacher is a teacher of special needs. Class teachers should be the first contact for any matters related to SEND.
Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children 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 children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. (Disability Discrimination Act 1995)
Additionally, children may be identified as having Special Educational Needs if their behaviour hinders their own or other children’s learning.
Children are not regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
Special educational provision means educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LEA, other than special schools, in the area.
(SEN Code of Practice 2001)