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Cognition and learning

Cognition and learning needs may encompass most of the curriculum, such as for pupils with MLD or SLD.  However, cognition and learning needs may only impact on specific areas such as reading, writing, spelling and mental calculations. Cognition and learning needs generally account for difficulties in curriculum-related areas such as:

reading, writing and spelling
processing difficulties such as sequencing, inference, coherence and elaboration
working memory
short term verbal memory
other types of executive function difficulties

To find out ‘What Works’ follow the link: Cognition and Learning | Whole School SEND

Humber, Coast and Vale Keyworker Service

The new Keyworker service is being developed as a response to the NHS England long term plan commitment that by 2023/24 children and young people with a learning disability, autism, or both, with the most complex needs will have a designated Keyworker.

The Keyworking function is an important response to ensuring children, young people and families get the right support at the right time, and that local systems are responsive to meeting their needs in a holistic and joined up way.

Find out more and download the referral and consent forms. NELC SEND Local Offer | Humber, Coast and Vale Keyworker Service (

Signposting parent carers

Parent carers should know about the cognition and learning page on the Local Offer.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Cognition and learning (

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