Sen Working in Schools


Frameworks, Structures and Definitions (Level 3)

Question 1 – Define the term Special Educational Needs.

The term ‘Special Educational Needs’(SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.

The definition as set by the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 is:

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:-

  a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning that the majority of children 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 children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
  c) Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.

Children must not be regarded as having a learning disability solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.


Frameworks, Structures and Definitions (Level 3)

Question 2 – Summarise the key aspects of the current regulatory framework governing SEN provision. (L.O 1.1)

The Special Educational Needs (Provision of Information by Local Educational Authorities) (England) Regulations 2001 require LEA’s to publish their policies on SEN and information about how the authority is:

    • Promoting high standards of education for children with SEN.

    • Encouraging children with SEN to participate fully in their school and community and to take part in decisions about their education.

    • Encouraging schools in their area to share...