Special Educational Needs

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A child or young person has Special Educational Needs (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for extra help to be provided to them.

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

  • have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions

Children are not considered to have SEN just because their first language is not English.

A child under compulsory school age has SEN:

  • if they are likely to come under the definitions above when they reach compulsory school age or
  • would do so if special educational provision was not made for them

The local offer is hosted on the LiveWell Southend website.

Between 1 October 2018 and 5 October 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Southend-on-Sea to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. 

Here is the full report from the SEND inspection.

Please see the SEND Inspection report - Written Statement of Action page on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's website.

The document below outlines what the inspectors said and what we are going to do about it.

(Click on the image to see a larger version).

SEND local offer