Definition of special educational needs (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