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What special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) means


Some pupils need special or different arrangements, sometimes just for a short time, sometimes for the whole of their school life. Pupils who need this extra help have special educational needs.

Children learn at different speeds and in different ways. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person's ability to learn. Some children may have difficulty with:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Some children may have SEN because of a medical condition or a disability. Other children may have SEN without a diagnosis or a disability.

Early years providers (for example, nurseries or childminders), mainstream schools, colleges and other organisations can help most children and young people succeed with some changes or extra support. But some children and young people will need extra help for some or all of their time in education and training.

Contact us
SEND and Inclusion Service
03000 267 800
Our address is:
  • Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery Schoo
  • Ferryhill
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 8AN
01740 657 792
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