St Peter's Catholic

Primary School

"Loved by Jesus, we love, we learn, we live and grow together for Him"

What is SEN?

What is SEN?


Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child

‘’A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”


The Equality Act 210 definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.”


Here at St Peter's Catholic Primary School, we offer a range of provisions to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in order to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.