St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.

What does being on the SEN register mean?

If your child is on the SEN register it means they have a special educational need. A special educational need is defined by the 2014 code of practice as;

  • A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.


  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

 has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institution


  • For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.


At St. James’ every child with a special educational need has a one page profile detailing information about how adults can help them, their strengths, need and worries. You can find an example of our ‘one page profiles’ here.

In addition to this if you have a child with SEN who is not making sufficient progress they will also have an outcome focused action plan which will be reviewed with the child and the child’s parents termly.