Special educational needs

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a significant learning difficulty if they:

  1. have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
  2. have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority
  3. are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (1) or (2) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them

It is estimated that as many as one in five children may have special educational needs and need special help at some time to make progress in school. This can be special teaching and help in mainstream schools or a small number may need very specialised teaching and extra resources in special schools or units.

Tri-borough special educational needs and disabilities home to school travel policy


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