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The purpose of this document is to ensure every child and young person in a Somerset school receives the support they are entitled to.


We have separated this section by the four areas of need set out in the Code of Practice.
Many learners may have needs across more than one category and certain conditions may not fall neatly into one area of need. When reviewing and managing special educational provision the four broad areas of need may be helpful as a guide to ensure you can provide support across these areas.

Whilst there is a wealth of suggestions and strategies, this is not an exhaustive list of the barriers that you might see and the provision that could be used to support children and young people (CYP).

Children and young people (CYP) say:

The education was brilliant. because I got all of the right help.

When I had an assessment for what would make my life at school easier, they were quite willing to put procedures in place.

There needs to be a broader and better understanding of SEND in order to give people a better experience in a mainstream school.

SEND code of practice

‘Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), where children and young people are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and associated difficulties with mobility and communication, through to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), where children and young people are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment. Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.’ Code of Practice, 6.30 and 6.31.

Last reviewed: September 14, 2023 by Keir

Next review due: March 14, 2024

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