SEN Support

The Children and Families Act 2014 says that a child or young person has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child or young person with SEN may find it harder to learn than other children of the same age. Special educational needs may include:

  • Behavioural or social, for example difficulty making friends

  • Reading and writing, for example dyslexia

  • Concentrating, for example attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • A medical condition which affects learning

  • A sensory or physical need which affects them in school, for example being blind or deaf.

By law, nurseries, schools and colleges must provide an education to all pupils or students whatever their abilities or special needs.

Why it is important to identify SEN ? 

The earlier that SEN are identified the better your child’s chances of reaching his or her full potential. We support training for those who provide early education to help them to identify SEN early so that a plan can be made to support a child’s development from the start.

This SEN support replaces the old categories of Early Years Action or Early Years Action Plus. It can be accessed for children and young people with varying levels of need, not just those who are undergoing an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment or have an EHC plan.

SEN support should happen in a four-part cycle:

  • Assess

  • Plan

  • Do

  • Review

This should give you, your child and everyone involved in supporting them a good understanding of the child or young person’s needs and of what supports is best for your child to make good progress achieve their outcomes.

What happens next?

If your child is found to have special educational needs, your health team or SENCO will talk to you about the support your child may need. This support will depend on your and your child’s individual needs.

Family Information Service


Telephone: 01472 326292, option one

Opening times (telephone and email enquiries): Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays.