Display Options


Local Offer

What do we mean by Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

A child or young person has a Special Educational Need (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of other children or young people of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions. A child under compulsory school age has a special educational need if they fall within the definitions given at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational needs provision was not made available for them.

This is a very broad definition of special educational needs as they refer to children and young people aged from birth to 25 years of age.

Some services use different words, terms or description to cover special educational needs.  For example, organisations that provide services and support to young people aged 16 years and over will often use the term “learning difficulties or learning disabilities” (LDD).  The Lambeth Local Offer will use the term Special Educational Needs to cover the educational needs of all children and young people between the age of birth and 25 years old.

There are Four Broad categories of Special Needs identified in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Draft Code of Practice June 2014. These are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and Physical Needs

For an explanation of these areas of need and the names and contact details of some support agencies follow this link

For more information the Code of Practice July 2014 can be downloaded at link.

The Lambeth SEND Team manages the provision and support of all children and young people in Lambeth who have need of specialist SEND Support.

To learn more about the work of this team follow this link

If you are concerned about your child’s learning