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One planning and SEN Support

One Planning and SEN Support

A child or young person has a Special educational need if they have a disability or learning difficulty that causes a barrier to learning, and which requires special educational provision to be put into place by their school or educational setting.

Many factors can make it difficult for a child to learn; this could be behaviour, the ability to interact with others, academic progress, a physical disability, or the ability to understand, concentrate and focus. All these will impact on learning.

Every school is required to identify and address the SEN of the pupils that they support. SEN support is the process that schools use to assess the needs of children and to provide suitable support to match their needs.

This is undertaken through the graduated approach of Assess, Plan, Do, Review as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

If your child has special educational needs, please refer to our factsheets for further information.

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What is SEN support factsheet

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn, engage with others, access their learning environment and to make progress. Our factsheet explains further the terms used when describing SEN support.

Reasonable adjustments factsheet

Under the Equality Act 2010 educational settings (schools or colleges) must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to ensure that all pupils have the same access to learning. In December 2012 the Government issued non-statutory guidelines on how schools and other settings can comply with this legislation.

Many reasonable adjustments can be made by your child’s school and may not require additional funding.  Please refer to our factsheet for more answers.



Working together factsheet

Most schools believe that home and school should work together in partnership. To achieve this, good communication between home and school is extremely important. If you, or the class teacher are concerned about your child’s progress you might want to communicate more often rather than wait for the next Parent’s Evening that term.

Our factsheet covers this topic more in depth.

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One Planning factsheet

One Planning is the process of gathering information, views and advice the One Plan is the record of that planning. Please see our factsheet for more information.

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Advice & Resources

Education Advice

Information on SEND education, including One Planning, Education and Health Care Plans and Appeals to the SEND tribunal.

Benefits Advice

Information on Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments.

All Resources

Not sure what you need help with? Click here to find a list of all our send resources.

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