Special educational needs & disability

Special educational needs & disability

We believe deafness in itself is not a barrier to learning. In the right environment, with the right expertise and resources to hand all deaf children and young people can thrive educationally, socially and emotionally.

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.

SEND Code of Practice (2015, p15)

Some children and young people have additional needs to deafness and may have greater difficulty learning than others of the same age, or require additional resources or adaptations to be made to the physical environment to facilitate inclusive learning.


Here at Royal School for the Deaf Derby all children and young people have a Statement of Need or an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This identifies the areas of student’s needs, establishes outcomes and highlights the provision needed to enable achievement of outcomes.

The needs of students are identified under four main areas:
• Communication & Interaction
• Sensory and/or Physical Needs
• Cognition & Learning
• Social. Emotional & Mental Health

You can download our SEND Report 2022-2023 below.


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