Special Education - The Local Offer

The Local Authority's Statement on High Quality Provision


Click here for Hertfordshire Local Authority's SEND Strategy

Click here for Hertfordshire Local Authority's Special Educational Needs schools

Disability - Legal Terminology


Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability. A disability is described in law (the Equality Act 2010) as ‘a physical or mental impairment, which has a long-term (a year or more) and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ This includes, for example, sensory impairments such as those that affect sight and hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.

The Equality Act requires that early years providers, schools, colleges, other educational settings and local authorities:
  • must not directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children and young people
  • must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of extra aid services (for example, tactile signage or induction loops),
so that disabled children and young people are not disadvantaged. This duty is known as ‘anticipatory’. People also need to think in advance about what disabled children and young people might need.

DfE SEND Guide for Parents and Carers


Government statistics regarding Special Educational Needs