A special educational need or a passing phase?

Spotting SEN

Special educational needs (SEN) affect all social classes and intellects. Children do not outgrow SEN but, with help, learn to cope. Some children with special needs are readily identified, others develop coping strategies — children can use common sense, quick-wittedness, intelligence and other virtues (or vices) to disguise the effects of an SEN. Later, particularly when public exams loom and youngsters are openly ‘measured’ against their peers, they may lack self-esteem and become increasingly anxious. We have come across cases where severe dyslexia has been diagnosed in mid A level when the adaptability finally ran out.


A special educational need or a passing phase?
Special educational needs (SEN) affect all social classes and intellects. Children do not outgrow SEN but, with help, learn to cope. Some children with special needs are readily identified,...

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...


The Educational Psychologist
Educational Psychology is the art of diagnosing the reasons for a child's behaviour or learning difficulties. A good educational psychologist will spend time getting to know your...

SEN Schools Advice
Struggling to find the right school for your child with special educational needs or to get independent advice on educational issues or the law? We highlight some of the professional...


The Law, You And Schools
'Negligence could include a failure to educate, to take proper account of dyslexia and other learning difficulties.' Fees, bullying, breach of contract, negligence...The vast majority...

SEN And Scottish Law
Scotland's Education Act 'It is imperative that parents are aware of their rights in order that they access the appropriate system The Act does give a power to an LA to help a child...


The Child Law Advice Line
  Coram Children's Legal Centre provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international...

The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
ACE is an independent registered charity, which offers information about state education in England and Wales for parents of school-age children.  This is a service which, although...


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