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School Action

Following the implementation of SEND reforms in September 2014 this has been replaced by Additional SEN Support.

School Action Plus

Following the implementation of SEND reforms in September 2014 this has been replaced by Additional SEN Support.

SEN

Children and young people have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which means they need extra support to help them learn or take part in activities in school or college.

SEND
The new Children and Families Act came into force on 1st September 2014. The vision for the SEND reforms is that the views of children, young people and parents are at the heart of the system and that education, health and care services are joined up to help them achieve the best possible outcomes, including the skills for work and living independently.
Short Breaks

Opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their family and do something fun. For example a day, evening, overnight or weekend activity.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

The person responsible for the planning of special educational needs within school or early years settings Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Special School

A school which is specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs.

Specialist support

Services specifically designed to support disabled children and young people, for example speech and language, short breaks or special education.

Specific Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulties in specific areas, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Speech & Language Therapist

A professional trained to give specialist assessments, advice and treatment for children with communication difficulties.

Statement of Special Educational Needs

This has now been replaced by an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - it is a legal document that sets out a child’s needs and the extra help he/she should get. 

Statutory

In law.

Statutory Assessment

This has now been replaced by an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHC Needs Assessment)

Statutory Services

Services that the government provide, for example education, health or social care services from a local authority.

Supported Internships

These are unpaid roles for young disabled people to study or train with an employer. They will gain skills to help them move into paid employment.