Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


The Department of Education published new special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice on 30 July 2014.  It came into force from 1 September 2014, replacing the previous 2001 Code.

The new Code reflects the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.

All Schools must have regard to what the Code of Practice says whenever decisions are taken relating to children with SEND.

The main changes from the SEN Code of Practice 2001:

The Code of Practice2014 covers the 0-25 range and includes guidance relating to children and young people with a disability as well as those with special educational needs.

There is clearer focus on the views of children and young people and parents in decision making at individual and strategic levels.

There is stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people.

It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health services and social care.

It includes guidance on publishing a local offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities.

There is new guidance for education and training settings on taking a graduated approach to identifying and supporting pupils and students with SEN (to replace School Action and School Action Plus)

For children and young people with more complex needs, a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 education, health and care plan replaces statements and learning difficulty assessments.

There is greater focus on support that enables those with SEN or disabilities to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood.

Information is provided on relevant duties under the Equality Act 2010

Information is provided on relevant provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.