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.

2017 2018 SEND-Report

2016 2017 SEND report

Accessibility Plan and Strategy

Equality Policy Single

Intimate Care Policy updated Sept 2018

Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) Policy and SEND Information Report

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Parents Guide

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions policy

What is an EHCP


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




Description of service offered:
Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service for parents/carers and children/young people aged 0-25 living in Dorset with SEND. Please click here to visit the SENDIASS website.
Please see the link below on how to become a member of the Dorset Parent Carer Council (DPCC).