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Special Education Needs (SEN)

School’s SENCO: Miss Jodie Mullen
Phone Number: 01507 490 284
E-Mail Address:
Governor responsible for SEN: Mrs Fiona Anderson

A child or young person has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children and young people of about the same age.

Many children and young people will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Early years settings, schools, colleges and other organisations can help most children and young people overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily. A few children and young people will need extra help for some or all of their time at early years setting, school or college.

So special educational needs could mean that a child or young person has:

  • learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills
  • social, emotional or mental health difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly 
  • specific learning difficulty – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • sensory or physical needs – such as hearing impairment, visual impairment or physical difficulties 
  • communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s or young person’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.