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Some children find it harder to learn than other children of the same age. Children who are finding learning difficult are supported by their teachers, or with some extra help in school. A few children have more complicated learning difficulties, and may need extra help or equipment in school to help them access an appropriate education.
The law says that children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them." (1996 Education Act). About 1 in 5 children may have special educational needs of some kind. Some children may have special educational needs for a relatively short time, others will have special educational needs right through their education.
Most children with special educational needs will have appropriate provision made for them by their school, working with parents. Sometimes Local Authority Officers may become involved in helping the school to provide the support needed. Information about the SEN Team and SEN Support Services is given via the links on this page.
If parents would like further discussion about a child, please contact your child's school or Early Years setting in the first instance, or contact us. You may find the leaflets provided via the links on this page helpful.