What are Special Eductional Needs?

If a young person has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) it can make it more difficult for them to progress in the same way as their peers.

SEND could mean that a young person has:

  • Cognition and Learning needs: this may impact on specific areas such as reading, writing, spelling and mental calculations. This may account for areas of the curriculum such as: comprehension, working memory, processing difficultues and other types of executive difficulties.
  • Social, emotional or mental health  (SEMH) difficulties: this may impact the way a young person manages and regulates their emotions or impact the way they manage their behaviour. 
  • Sensory or physical needs - such as a hearing impairment, visual impairment or physical difficulties
  • Medical or health conditions that may delay progress or involvement tratement that affects their education

Our aim at George Salter is to support all students in achieving 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 education will be met; we are committed to working in partnership with the education service to do this.

If you are concerned that you or a friend are experiencing SEND pleace contact our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Mrs Bradley.

Useful website:

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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