The SEN code of Practice

A new SEN Code of Practice came into use in September 2014. Here is a summary of the main changes:

Changes from the SEN Code of Practice 2001

Pages 13 and 14 of the code set out the main changes from the SEN Code of Practice 2001:

  • The current SEND Code of Practice covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to children and young people with a disability as well as those with special educational needs
  • There is a clearer focus on the views 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
  • The current code of practice 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 (EHC) plan replaces statements and learning difficulty assessments (LDAs)
  • 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
  • There is new guidance on supporting children and young people with SEN who are in youth custody