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.