DRAFT Special Educational Needs and Learning Disability (SEND)

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The Population

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Statutory guidance for organisations that work with and provide support to children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) defines these children as:
• A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
• A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she: has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions .

Every term schools report to the Department for Education (DfE) about any children who have SEND; they say what sort of needs the children have. SEND is categorised into four levels of learning difficulties:

  • moderate learning difficulties
  • severe learning difficulties
  • profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • specific difficulties not involving global limitation of intellectual functioning (like dyslexia).


The Challenges

There are approximately xxx children of school age in Wakefield, around a third of these children (32.4%) have been identified as having a learning disability. This is lower than national figure and the figures reported in most other similar local authorities.

The proportion of children identified as having severe learning difficulties is higher in Wakefield, at around 5%; higher than the national average (3.7%) and the figures reported in most other similar local authorities.

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The Inequality

Geographical variation (ward/deprivation)

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Service Provision

EHCPs issued – % in 20 wks

Annual reviews – % held by due date

Cease or discontinued?


Community Assets

Information and Publications

References to core documents e.g. guidance

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years