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Does my child have a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability "if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities".

A physical or mental impairment includes:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Medical conditions, including epilepsy, diabetes, more severe forms of asthma and eczema
  • Specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Speech, language and communication impairments

If the impairment has a substantial and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities it may amount to a disability.

A young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

(a) Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

(b) Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school.

There are 7 steps in supporting children with SEND (refer to link on Teaching and Learning page).

If you would like to discuss your son or daughter please contact  the headteacher or SENCO.