Special educational needs and disabilities

'Special educational needs' (SEN) describes any learning difficulty which means a child needs extra 'educational provision'.

Children might have a learning difficulty if they:

  • have significantly greater difficulty learning than the majority of children their age
  • have a disability which hinders them using general school facilities in their area
  • require special provisions to help them with learning or to help them attend school

SEN assessments

If you think your child has special educational needs your should discuss this in their place of education to arrange an assessment.

SEN services

We have a duty to enable pupils with special educational needs to:

  • reach their full potential
  • be included fully in their school communities
  • make a successful transition to adulthood

To achieve these things, some pupils will need help from 'SEN Support' or other agencies. For a small number of children with severe or complex needs, we'll determine and arrange the special provisions available.

York's local offer

York's 'local offer' website helps parents and young people to see what's available for disabled children in the area and gives information on how to access services.

Further information

Download documents about our Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) services for people aged 0 to 25 years:

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