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SEND & Northamptonshire Local Offer

SEND Parent Information 2015:

What does having a special educational need mean?

The term Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has a legal definition which is set out in the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014. It applies to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it significantly harder for them to learn or access education than most other children of their age.

Some children find it harder to learn than other children of the same age. Sometimes, it may be possible to help children by making small changes to teaching and support. Schools and Colleges will try many different ways of helping students to learn and boost their progress. This will include adaptations to teaching methods and the resources used.

Children and young people who have SEND tend to have more significant barriers to their learning.

Types of SEND

The term SEND covers a wide range of types of need that Daventry UTC make provision for:

  • specific learning difficulties
  • moderate learning difficulties
  • speech, language and communication needs
  • behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • autistic spectrum conditions
  • visual and hearing impairment
  • multi-sensory impairment


Northamptonshire Local Offer

The Local Offer publishes services available in Northamptonshire for children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Every local authority is required by law to publish this information following the Children and Families Bill which came into force in September 2014.


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