Definitions of SEND

A special educational need is defined as a learning difficulty or disability that makes learning a challenge for a child.

  • they’ll have greater difficulty learning than other children of the same age  
  • their disability prevents them making use of facilities   

Disabilities can include  

  • problems seeing/ hearing
  • communication and interaction difficulties 
  • autism, including Asperger’s syndrome
  • emotional and mental health 
  • learning difficulties
  • physical development  
Further information 

Read the government guide to special education needs and disabilities (PDF 567KB)

Where are child has medical needs, read the government guide to supporting children with medical conditions (PDF)

there are also government templates for medical conditions (Word doc )

Other resources and guidance for children with medical conditions can be found on the government website

There is also a guide for schools in Hounslow on supporting children with medical needs