Severe Learning Difficulties

Page updated on: 03/10/2022

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 the school help?

Children with severe learning difficulties will usually go to a special school or specialist setting. They should make progress in school. They will have a Statement of Educational Needs or Individual Development Plan, which sets out their targets and how these will be met.

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.

Children and young people will be supported in different ways according to their needs within the classroom. They may need to work in small groups, sometimes with a teaching assistant to support needs or help identify need. Some children and young people who require additional support will be identified as having additional learning needs through a decision-making process

Advisory Teacher: Tracey Bevan, email: 01267 246466.

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