The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are supported in schools. The new approach begins in September 2014 and places pupils and the centre of planning.
The key principles of the new legislation are:
1. Young people and their families should be involved in discussion about support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the pupils’ progress.
2. Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) will replace statements of SEN. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHCP guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all pupils have completed the transition to EHC Plans, which will be within three years).
3. School Action and School Action Plus will cease and will be replaced by a single school based category for children who need extra, specialist support.
It is now a legal requirement for schools to publish a SEN Information Report on its website.
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