New Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

New Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 Published June 2014

The Code of Practice (view the full Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice) provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England.

It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people. A ‘young person’ in this context is a person over compulsory school age and under 25.

 The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN

• There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels

• There is a 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 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 (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)

• There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN 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

Implementation

 From 1 September 2014 the majority of Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, its associated regulations and this Code of Practice will be in force, subject to any transitional arrangements.

     Subject to any transitional arrangements made, from that date the following guidance will cease to have effect:

 

  • SEN Code of Practice (2001)• Inclusive Schooling (2001)• Section 139A Learning Difficulty Assessments Statutory Guidance (2013)Transitional arrangements From 1 September 2014 transitional arrangements will be in place to support the changeover from the current system to the new system in a phased and ordered way. These arrangements, which are set out in a statutory transitional order and accompanied by transitional guidance, will facilitate the transfer of those with statements to EHC plans.