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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

The term ‘Special Educational Needs’(SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have leaning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.

Many children (1 in 5) will have SEN of some kind at some time during their education. Help will usually be provided in their ordinary, mainstream early education setting or school, sometimes with the help of specialist and named teachers or with outside organisations and trained advisors.

If your child has SEN, they may need extra help in a range of areas, for example:

Schoolwork – reading, writing, number work or understanding information.

Expressing themselves, understanding others, making friends or relating to adults.

Behaving properly in school, organising themselves.

Some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school.

Getting Help

If you have any concerns or worries of your own it is important to ask for advice as soon as possible. Talk to your child’s class teacher, the SENCO (the person in the school or pre-school who is responsible for coordinating help for children with SEN, or the head teacher. Specialist advice and support from the Local Education Authority can be accessed via Parent Partnership Service

If your concerns relate to a child moving into a different area on posting or if you need specialist Service related advice and support, or you wish to register a child with more severe SEN then the MOD’s Children’s Education Advisory service (CEAS) should be contacted by clicking here.

Other general information is available from the RAF Boulmer School’s Liaison Officer.

Moving Schools

If your child with SEN (with or without a statement) is going to move schools, especially if to another LEA area, then you need to discuss the move with the SENCO at both the existing and gaining schools. It is essential that the information about your child’s needs and progress is sent to the new school without delay.

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