Special educational needs

What is a special educational need?

The term 'Special Educational Need' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.

If your child has a special educational need, they may need extra help in a range of areas, for example:

  • school work
  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • making friends or relating to adults
  • behaving properly at school
  • organising themselves
  • some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school

Parents can find guidance information and guidance on the legal requirements for local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges in the SEND Code of Practice which covers special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

Section 2.23 directs parents in the Armed Forces to CEAS for further support and guidance
 

Help and advice 

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is a great source of information and help. 

Register the need with the RAF

If your child has Special Educational Needs then you are advised to register with CEAS. They can help in the transfer process between local authorities, ensuring that the needs of your child are met.

Disability

If your child has a disability, the SSAFA Forces Help website page for families with special needs and disabilities is very helpful. Alternatively go to the Family Support Section on our website.

 

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