What is a special educational need?

The 2014 ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 years’ is our legal ‘guidebook’ for provision within school and can be downloaded at:

It defines SEND as: provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.

A special educational need may fall into one or more of the following broad categories:

  • Communication and Interaction – such as speech and language difficulties, Aspergers Syndrome or Autism.
  • Cognition and Learning – children who learn at a slower pace to their peers or have a specific difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties – such as challenging behaviour, anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder.
  • Sensory and/or Physical needs – children who have visual impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI), a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) or a physical disability requiring ongoing support or equipment.

At Melbourn Primary School we provide provision for all the above areas of need.  We have many skilled teachers and teaching assistants who have been trained in different areas of expertise.  The table in the tab ‘How will the school support my child?’ provides a detailed list of the support we offer.  Where a child’s need falls outside of our knowledge and skills, we are keen to seek external advice and to work with other professionals to provide the best possible education for every individual.