Special Educational Needs

What are Special Educational Needs?

Some children find it much harder to learn than others of the same age and may need extra help. This may be because they have difficulties with:

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • expressing themselves or understanding what is being said to them
  • organising themselves
  • understanding and following rules and routines
  • making friends or relating to adults
  • a medical condition
  • a sensory need such as a difficulty with seeing or hearing.

These children are said to have Special Educational Needs (SEN). But this does not include children who are having trouble keeping up because their first language is not English.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

The Local Offer contains details of provision and support services that are available for children and young people with SEND in Southend and the surrounding areas.

The local offer is hosted on SHIP - Southend's Children and Families Information Point - and can be found by clicking here.

The local offer can signpost you to services from the local authority, schools, health and the voluntary sector that are available in Southend for children and young people with difficulties such as:
Autism, ASD, Asperger’s, Challenging Behaviour, Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Epilepsy, Healing Impairment, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health, Physical Disability, Social Difficulties, Speech and Language Delay, Visual Impairment.

SHIP also has activities and services that any child may access (known as universal services) and can be found in the main directory.

Page last updated: 17/05/2017