The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported in schools.
A new duty in the SEN Code of Practice was introduced in September 2014 and places students at the centre of planning.
The key principles of the new legislation are:
- Young people and their families should be involved directly in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feedback to the school on the young person’s progress.
- Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC) will replace statements of Special Education Needs over a phased three year period. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines from September 2014. The new EHC plans will support young people up to the age of 25. Existing statements will remain in force until all children have completed the transition over the phased three year period.
- School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.
- Schools have to develop their own ‘Local Offer’ to outline the range of support available for SEND students from Years 7-11.
- Selly Park looks forward to working with students and their Parents / Carers to ensure fully inclusive access to our education.
- Our SEND Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is outlined in the SEND Policy, which is available to download in the 'Policies' area of this website.
- This will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis, or more frequently should the need arise.
- Selly Park recognises the diverse educational needs of our school community.
- Every student has a right to be included as a valued member of our school community.
- We acknowledge that needs are dynamic and require a range of provision.
- We believe we have a duty to foster inclusion and provide full educational access.
- We aim to ensure that all barriers to learning are minimised.
- We monitor and track the progress of all students, to ensure that effective support is provided, seeking support and advice from specialist external agencies where necessary.