Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
Children and young with people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) sometimes need extra help, support or special provision made for them so that they can access the same opportunities as others there age.
A child or young person aged from 0 to 25 years has special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they:
- Have a learning difficulty or disability which makes it harder for them to learn than other pupils of the same age
- They require special educational provision to be made for them.
For a child who has SEND, their needs fall into one or more of the followings areas:
- Communication and interaction needs
- Cognition and learning difficulties
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and/or physical needs.
In 2020/21, 13.3% of pupils in Wiltshire required SEN support and a further 4% had an education, health and care plan (ECHP), both of which is in line with comparators, however these have steadily risen over the last 6 years and now represents an additional 2,000 young people across Wiltshire requiring support in schools.
Below highlights the breakdown of SEN students within Wiltshire and this is taken from the Education and employment section of the 2022 JSNA. A fuller local area report for Wiltshire can be found on the LG Inform website.