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Special Needs Introduction

Sandra Hutchinson, Editor of The Good Schools Guide - Special Educational Needs provides a practical introduction.

SEN provision

Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems. 

In the years since the first edition of our special needs guide diagnosis of, and provision for SEN have improved but both can still be a minefield. We have a lot of help and advice on this site but if you are unsure where to start, make this article your first port of call. 


Special Needs Introduction
Sandra Hutchinson, Editor of The Good Schools Guide - Special Educational Needs provides a practical introduction. Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only...


When To Choose A Special School
How do you decide what type of school or level of SEN provision is right for your child? As mainstream schools cater for an ever increasing range of special educational needs (SEN)...

Classroom Help For Children With SEN
  Under the Disability Discrimination Act, appropriate help must be provided by schools and colleges so that children with special educational needs are ‘on a level playing...


Hidden Disabilities Uncovered
  Damned by dyspraxia, blinded by dyslexia? Don't despair - help can be there! It isn’t necessarily the type of school you attend, it’s about others understanding...


Dyslexic - Is That My Child?
Reading, writing, spelling difficulties - could the problems your child is facing be indicative of dyslexia? Dyslexia is a common difficulty, but that does not make it less of a...

ASD - Asperger's Syndrome And Autism
Autism - a lifelong condition   With grateful thanks to the National Autistic Society for their help in compiling this article. Autism is a lifelong developmental...


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