What is a special educational need?
What is a special educational need ?
A Special Educational Need (SEN) is a learning difficulty or disability which means a child needs extra help to make the same progress as most children of their age.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
Have a disability which makes it difficult or impossible for them to use the educational facilities that other children of the same age use
Are under school age but would experience these difficulties if they were older - they don't have to be at school to have a SEN
Children don't have a learning difficulty because the language in their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
More on SEN
- For children aged 2 years or over, special educational provision is anything additional or different to what is usually available
- For children under 2 years, special educational provision is provision of any kind
- As many as 20% of children may have special a SEN at some point during their education
- Around 3% of children have learning difficulties serious enough to require what is called a Statement of SEN
- Most children with SEN are educated with their peers in mainstream schools because this is best for them
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