You may be aware that your child struggles in school either in terms of their academic progress or their emotional wellbeing. It may be that additional support has been provided but they continue to find things difficult or make less than expected progress in some areas.
If your child finds it harder to learn than the majority of their peers and continues to struggle even with extra support, then it may be they have special educational needs.
The question needs to be addressed in two stages
1. Does my child have a learning difficulty or disability?
Your child would be considered to have a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or;
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 settings.
2. Does my child require special educational provision?
Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that which is generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools, nurseries or post-16 institutions.
There is no published list of what this educational or training provision would include. Generally, if your child is receiving ‘SEN support’ within school, then he or she would be in receipt of special educational provision.
*There are some circumstances where the child’s needs present as such, it is not practical to offer the school based SEN support as it is felt the child’s difficulties require urgent assessment. I am happy to discuss your child’s needs, behavior and presentation should you feel school based support and the time this would take to action by the school is in appropriate in your case.