The SEND reforms aim to join up help across education, health and care, from birth to 25. Help is to be offered at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEND and their parents fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. This will help lead to better outcomes and more efficient ways of working.
Schools will be expected to have clear systems for identification, assessment, monitoring and securing appropriate support for children with special educational needs. The code also requires schools to involve parents in a more structured and systematic way to shape the support their child receives and to be more transparent about what the school can provide. In particular, the code places an emphasis on working with parents to agree and review the outcomes the support is intended to achieve rather than counting the hours or resources given to a child at school.
Are you ready for implementation of the reforms?
The Dfe have released a Slide Pack full of information useful to school leaders to help prepare governors and school leaders at the start of the new term. The Slide Pack and a copy of the new SEND Code of Practice are attached below.