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SEND Information

National and school changes to arrangements for supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

In 2014, the Department for Education published the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years. This is statutory guidance, to be implemented by all schools, for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The vision for the code of practice is that…

“every child should be given the best chance to succeed in life”

  • The code introduces a single category of SEND called SEN support, which replaces the previous school action and school action plus.
  • Statements of special educational needs are being replaced with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). These will place much more emphasis on personal goals and outcomes and describe the support a child will receive whilst in education. Those with an EHCP will also have the legal right to ask for a personal budget, which they will agree with their council. All statements must be transferred to EHCPs by 2018. The local transfer plan can be found on Sandwell’s local offer website here. The aim of the EHCP is to improve outcomes for children with SEND and improve multi agency working between education, health and care services.
  • The code introduces a graduated response through a process of assess-plan-do-review. Those children who have the greatest needs with have a higher level of provision which may include guidance and provision from external services. As the new code promotes a child and family centred approach there will be involvement from both the child and parents/carers within this process, both within the meeting and through taking steps to meet the targets.

Sandwell LA have a Local Offer which can be a source of reference. The local offer aims to provide information about all the services and support available for those children and young people with SEND, with or without an EHCP from birth to 25. The local offer includes information relating to:

  • the range of education, health and care provision available.
  • what is ‘ordinarily available’ to parents in their local mainstream educational provision.
  • the arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people’s SEND.
  • other types of educational provision (e.g. sports or arts provision).
  • training provision (e.g. apprenticeships), particularly for older students.
  • travel arrangements to and from educational provision.
  • types of support available to help young people to prepare for adulthood.
  • support groups, forums, childcare and leisure providers.
  • complaints procedures and dispute resolution.

Miss Jenny Wright - SEN Co-ordinator

Useful links for further information:

Letter detailing the changes from the DfE: click here.

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years: click here.

You can view our SEN documents by downloading the attachments below.