Severe Learning Difficulties

Page updated on: 21/01/2021

Some children have severe learning difficulties, which means that they have significant problems with intellect and cognition. They may need a lot of support with all areas of their lives, including school. In addition, they may experience difficulties with mobility, co-ordination and communication. Some children may have sensory or physical disabilities, complex health needs or issues with mental health.  

Children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties need to experience learning at an appropriate level for them. They need plenty of opportunities to repeat experiences that focus on developing their communication, sensory, physical development and take account of their complex physical and mental health needs.

How will my child's school help?

Children with severe learning difficulties will usually go to a special school or specialist setting. They should make progress in school. This is often below Level 1 of the National Curriculum, and is measured against a system called Routes for Learning. They will have a Statement of Educational Needs or Individual Development Plan, which sets out their targets and how these will be met (see "What are my rights?").

Parents and carers should be involved in planning and meeting the child’s needs. Plans should be reviewed regularly – at least annually, though progress will be monitored continually.

Advisory Teacher: Steve Campbell 01267 246466.


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