Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pupils

The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act was passed into law in July 2004. Special educational needs are defined in this act as:

… a restriction in the capacity of the person to participate in and benefit from education on account of an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or learning disability, or any other condition which results in a person learning differently from a person without that condition.

The EPSEN Act recognises that special educational needs may arise from four different areas of disability:

  • physical
  • sensory
  • mental health
  • learning disability

or from any other condition that results in the child learning differently from a child without that condition. It is also important to understand that a child can have a disability but not have any special educational needs arising from that disability which require additional supports in school.

If you require a paper copy of any information shown on our website, please send us a request.

Accessibility Plan and Strategy 2017

Equality Policy Single 2016

Intimate Care Policy 2016-2017

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy 2016

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Parents Guide 2016-2017

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions Policy 2016


See Dorset’s Local Offer – SEND information for children, young people and families’ 


Dorset’s Family Information Directory – For parents to search for Dorset activities, family support needs and childcare for the whole family