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SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

What are Special Educational Needs?

Definitions of special educational needs (SEN) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

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 them.

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

a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others 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 others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they 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 difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.


The SEND department at The Farnborough Academy consists of a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator), Deputy SENCO, EAL (English as an Additional Language) Co-Coordinator and Teaching Assistants who will work together to offer you and your child support where necessary.

If your child has additional needs or a disability, is currently under a paediatrician or if you have concerns about their progress in school then please contact us and we will be happy to help.


Mrs J. Rivers (SENCO)