Why might a child need additional support for learning?

There are many reasons why a child might need additional support for learning.

These include:

  • finding it difficult to control their behaviour
  • not making themselves understood (because English is not their first language or because of a speech and language difficulty)
  • being bullied
  • being abused or neglected
  • caring for someone at home
  • having difficulties with reading and spelling
  • being far ahead of their classmates in their subjects
  • changing schools a lot
  • having a disability
  • being a young parent
  • dealing with the death of a loved one
  • being looked after
  • having mental health worries
  • having an alcohol or drug problem

It is not possible to list all the reasons because it will depend on the child. Children are affected by things in different ways – one child who has lost a family member may struggle at school but another will not.

Your child might need support for a short time, or if their needs are more complicated they might need help for longer.


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