‘Special educational needs’ is a legal definition and refers to learners with learning problems or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most learners the same age.
Learners with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities – Learners with special educational needs (SEN) tend to be referred to as ‘learners with learning difficulties or disabilities’
The Children & Families Act 2014 defines Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in the following way. 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.
The proportion of learners with a statement of SEN/ Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan increased to 4.0% in 2022, continuing a trend of increases since 2017. Prior to this, the rate had remained steady at 2.8%. Learners with an EHC plan made up 24% of all learners with SEN in January 2023.
The four broad areas of SEND need are:
According to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), ten percent of the British population may have dyslexia, meaning that there are likely to be three pupils with dyslexia in every school class. It is currently estimated that four per cent of students in higher education (HE) have a specific learning difficulty.
It’s linked to genes, which is why the condition often runs in families. You’re more likely to have dyslexia if your parents, siblings, or other family members have it.
Did you know that NWCS staff attended Supporting Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities CPD training with Dr Louise Karkowski. This learning programme covered the following key concepts:
The causes of learning disabilities
Key pieces of legislation relating to learning disabilities
Barriers facing people with learning disabilities
How to improve communication
How to promote positive care practices
NWCS can offer support for learners with learning disabilities which will enable learners to achieve their goals by following the defined process below:
Through September 2023 NWCS are promoting
A further learning opportunity in relation to this has been set up for you via the Discovery learning platform
Please ensure to speak with your Training Officer about this.