Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Mission: At Thomas Mills we believe that “Inclusive schools enable all their pupils to gain maximum advantage from all the opportunities which education has to offer.”

Definition of SEND:
A child or young person has special educational needs (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her (Children and Families Act, Part 3, 20) and the educational provision that is required to meet the needs is ‘special’. Children have a learning or disability difficulty if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions (Children and Families Act, Part 3, 20).

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, January 2015; Children and Families Act, Part 3, 20 (1 and 2)


Definition of disability:
A person has a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. According to the SEN Code of Practice (DFE, 2015: 5) ‘long-term is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’.

Equality Act 2010; SEN Code of Practice, DFE, 2015


Our SEND Key Staff

Mr James Day (Head of Learning Support and SEND)



Mrs Jane Wheeler (SEND Administrator and Access Arrangement Assessor)