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New SEN legislation comes into force

The new SEN legislation which was passed in March this year comes into force from 1st September. The main changes for children with SEN will be a move from Statements to Education, Health and Care Plans, known as EHCPs. One benefit of the legislation is that youngsters with SEN up to the age of 25 are now covered by the provisions of the Act.

Of most concern to me is the introduction of the ‘graduated response’ which replaces School Action and School Action Plus from the previous Code of Practice. Some inherent difficulties with this ‘graduated response’ include a lack of clarity by schools about when to involve external specialists – if at all; and a lack of clarity regarding the criteria for requesting a Statutory Assessment.  One Local Authority (Surrey)  has produced a guide to its approach to the graduated response. You can download a copy of the guide here: SEN-graduated-response-booklet-web-ver

The new SEN Code of Practice was approved for publication by Parliament on 29th July 2014. You can download a copy by clicking on the link below  SEND_Code_of_Practice_approved_by_Parliament_29.07.14

A guide for Parents on the new SEN legislation and system has been published by the Government in mid-August. You can download a copy here. Special_educational_needs_and_disabilites_guide_for_parents_and_carers

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