What is “Special Educational Needs”

The term ‘Special Educational Needs’ (SEN) has a legal definition which is set out in the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014 and applies to children and young people who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it significantly harder for them to learn or access education than most other children and young people of their age.

Children and Young People who have SEN tend to have more significant barriers to their learning.  They do not necessarily have a disability and many disabled children and young people do not have Special Educational Needs.

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