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Special Educational Needs Reforms

The changes to the system for identifying, assessing and providing for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are the most significant that have happened in this area for a long time. Some of the changes include:

  • Statements of Special Educational Needs to be replaced by Education Health and Care Plans. This will happen gradually. The Education Health and Care Plans are intended to ensure that support for a child or young person is in place to support all their needs, not just their education. The plans will support young adults up to the age of 25 if the young person is still in education or training and would benefit from the Plan.
  • Those children or young people with an Education Health and Care Plan may have the option of requesting a Personal Budget to manage how their support is put in place.
  • Changes to school funding mean that the School Action and School Action Plus stages of the Code of Practice are replaced by one single school-based stage called SEN Support.
  • The Local Authority produced a Local Offer in September 2014, which  sets out the support and provision that it expects to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or a disability.