Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Strategy Consultation
Start date: Tuesday 2 April 2013
End date: Friday 3 May 2013
The City of London is looking for the support of all partners and stakeholders in the City of London community to offer views on how we can deliver better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
We will seek a wide range of opinions and views through our formal and informal consultation arrangements, to help us to:
Establish the needs and satisfaction levels of those using our services
Take into account the needs of and impact on, service users when new services are planned.
Evaluate and review progress made against national and local service delivery equality performance indicators
Families, schools, governing bodies, voluntary organisations, local authorities and partner agencies
Take part in the survey:
You can access the survey by visiting the www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/consultations page OR your can fill in the survey by downloading the PDF below.
SEN Lead for the City of London Corporation
City of London
PO Box 270
Tel: 020 7332 1537
What is Special Educational Needs?
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.
However, a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school. It is very important for parents and carers to work closely with staff in schools and the local authority to get the best for children with SEN.
Because you know your child well, you should talk to their teacher about what you think your child's strengths and difficulties are and ways they might find it easier to learn.
There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in the downloads section of this page which you may find helpful to read before talking to your child's teacher.
How is disability different from Special Educational Needs?
Some children who have SEN may also be defined as being disabled under the Equality Act. Not all children who are defined as disabled under the Equality Act 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. Similarly not all children with SEN will be defined as having a disability under the Equality Act.
The SEN diagram in the downloads section of this page helps to explain the difference between SEN and disability and where they overlap.