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Special Educational Needs code of practice

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) code of practice says that:


  • most children with special educational needs will be able to have their needs met in mainstream schools as outlined in the Inclusive Schooling Guidance (DfE)
  • there is a wide range of special educational needs and a wide variety of ways to meet those needs
  • children with special educational needs should have a broad and balanced education
  • education authorities, schools and other services such as health should work together to be aware of children with special educational needs
  • some very young children may have special educational needs and may need early support from education and health services
  • parents and carers should be fully involved in their child's education.

The code of practice recommends that all schools should:

  • make provision for children with special educational needs
  • have a policy on special educational needs
  • have a named teacher with responsibility for co-ordinating arrangements – the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator)
  • use a 'graduated approach' to identifying, assessing and planning for children with special educational needs
  • work with parents/carers and keep them informed about what they are doing to help pupils with special educational needs.

The code of practice and other guidance says that education authorities should:

  • have a special educational needs policy
  • have agreed ways to work with schools to monitor provision for children with special educational needs
  • work closely with health and social services to co-ordinate arrangements for children with special educational needs
  • have a policy about how extra support and support services are provided for children and schools
  • for a very small number of children with severe and complex needs, arrange a statutory assessment and decide whether to make a statement of special educational needs.

You can download a copy of the current Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice 0-25 years from the Department for Education (DfE).

Contact

email: sen.admin@derbyshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01629 536539

Write to:

Special Educational Needs Administrative Section
Education Department
County Hall
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3AG