SEND Information Report: What do we mean by SEND?

‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ (often shortened to SEND) describes the needs of children who have a difficulty or disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age.  

SEND can cover a broad range of needs that includes:

  • physical development,
  • visual or hearing impairment,
  • difficulties with speech and language,
  • emotional and behavioural difficulties,
  • difficulties with thinking and understanding.


Disability is a term used for a recognised condition experienced by the child, usually diagnosed quite early in their lives.