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Last updated on 20 April 2017
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What is the most recent definition of SEN? We set out the most recent legal definition of special educational needs (SEN) as included in the SEND Code of Practice. We include a brief overview of the areas of need, as set out by the Department for Education.

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  1. Legal definition of SEN
  2. Communication and interaction
  3. Cognition and learning 
  4. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  5. Sensory and/or physical needs

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