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Definition of Special Educational Needs

Definition of Special Educational Needs


Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty

which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of

children of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of

educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same

age in schools within the area of the local education authority

(c) are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b)

above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for


Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because

the language or form of language of their home is different from the language

in which they will be taught.