Enquire allowed me to understand what my child was entitled to educationally and how the school should be supporting my son – helped relieve my anxieties.
Why might a child need additional support for learning?
There are many reasons why a child might need additional support for learning.
- 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.