Additional educational needs refers to various groups of children and young people who for a variety of reasons may face additional barriers to education and learning. This makes it more difficult for them to achieve their full potential. This is different to children with Special Educational Needs.

These areas include:

  • Looked after children
  • Newcomers
  • School-age mothers
  • Travellers
  • Roma
  • Children of service personnel
  • Nurture Provision
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Suspensions and Expulsions
  • Education Otherwise Than At School


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Who to talk to

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the SENco-ordinator, or ‘SENCO’ in your child’s school.

Read our SEN Information Report 2018