From September 1st 2014, the arrangements for the provision and outcomes of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities changed due to a change in the law
A new statutory Code of Practice came into force with a new focus on a coordinated response that is shared between Education, Health and Social Care
The changes are due to begin from September 2014 and be fully in place by 2018. During this time, there will be a gradual transition that will result in the current “Statements” becoming Education, Health and Care Plans (“EHCs”).
The arrangements for identifying pupils with special educational needs and disabilities will not change significantly but there will be a new process andtimescale in place of 20 weeks (once there is an agreement to assess a pupil for an EHC
The categories “School Action” and “School Action Plus” will also be redefined and schools will continue to support these children under the new heading of “SEN Support”. Regular meetings with parents to monitor progress will continue in the same way as has previously been the case
The Local Authority is required by law to publish its “Local Offer”. This simply aims to pull information about available services into one place to make it clear and accessible to all children and their families.
Schools are also required to publish information about the “School Information Report”. This will comprise contact information, links to the Local Offer, the school’s own Special Educational Needs Policy and any other relevant information
The “Local Offer” has now been published by Derbyshire County Council and is available on this website:
Click here for more information.