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From September 2014 all local authorities are required to publish a 'Local Offer' of information about all of the services available to children and young people with SEND. Search the City of London's Local Offer.

What is SEND?

The terms Special Educational Needs and disability have legal defintitions and cover a wide variety of conditions.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have learning difficulties that make it harder for them to learn than other children their age.

It is not unusual for children to have SEN of some kind during their school lives. But schools and other organisations can help most children overcome the barriers if their difficulties are discovered early. 

How is disability different from Special Educational Needs?

Some children who have SEN may also be defined as being disabled under the Equality Act 2010. Not all children who are defined as disabled will have SEN though. For example, pupils with severe asthma, arthritis or diabetes may not have special educational needs but will have rights under the Equality Act. 

The SEN or disability diagram (54KB) helps to explain the difference between SEN and disability and where they overlap.

City of London Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2013-17

Find out about the City's vision for SEND in it's Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2013-17 (336KB).


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