Further Information

What are the types of special needs children may have? 

At St Wilfrid’s Academy  we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs. 

The Code of Practice 2014 states that:

‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’


The Four broad areas of need identified within the SEN Code of Practice 2014 are:

* Communication and Interaction 

e.g. speech articulation, stammering, speech and language delay, autism 

* Cognition and Learning 

e.g. global learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia 

* Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties 

e.g. anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive, compulsive disorder (OCD) 

* Sensory and Physical Needs (Visual impairment, hearing impairment, sensory needs )

e.g. autism, dyspraxia, toileting issues, physical disability 


As part of their programme of support for SEN your child may get:

* a special learning programme

* extra help from a teacher or assistant

* to work in a smaller group

* observation in class or at break     

* help taking part in class activities

* extra encouragement in their learning, for example to ask questions or to try something they find difficult

* help communicating with other children

* support with physical or personal care difficulties, for example eating, getting around school safely or using the toilet