What do I need to know about SEND?


A young person has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that will make it harder for them to progress in the same way as their friends.


Special educational needs could mean that a young person has:


  • learning difficulties - in gaining basic skills in school

  • social, emotional or mental health difficulties - making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school

  • specific learning difficulty - with reading, writing, number work or understanding information

  • sensory or physical needs - such as a hearing impairment, visual impairment or physical difficulties which might affect them in school

  • communication problems - in talking to others or understanding what others are saying

  • medical or health conditions - which may slow down a young person's progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.


A few young people will therefore need extra help when they are at school.

  What is our aim at GSA?


We want all students to achieve their full potential. We want all students to learn, socialise and develop alongside each other. We also want parents to have confidence that their children’s needs will be met; we are committed to working in partnership with the education service to do this.


 Something to think about…


The Guardian has an inspiring article about a mother and her son, who has Autism. It discusses one of the biggest challenges a parent and their disabled child faces: other people. At the end of the article there are over 165 comments from others who have something to say about the issue, including information, stories people want to share, and support for those who are faced with these daily criticisms!!!


 Useful websites:


The following organisations offer support and advice for students, parents and carers:

AutismNow.Org is a brilliant resource for information on Autism.

Hearing Like Me is a wonderful resource for parents who have deaf children or hearing loss.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children has a lot of information and services for parents of children who are deaf-blind.

SpeechDelay.com is a fantastic site for anyone involved in the life of a child who has language and speech delays or impairments.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is an excellent and resourceful website for parents with children who have dyslexia, are ADHD, or have other learning disabilities.



Text Box:       The SEN and Disability Act 2001
The SEN and Disability Act 2001 amended the Disability Discrimination
Act 1995 from September 2002, creating important new duties:
• For schools and many early years settings11 to take ‘reasonable steps’ to ensure that disabled pupils are not placed at a substantial disadvantage in relation to the education and other services they provide. This means that they must anticipate where barriers to learning lie and take action to remove them as far as they are able
• For schools, most early years settings and local authorities to plan strategically to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum, make the physical environment more accessible and ensure that written information is provided in accessible formats.

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