The New Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice – With Legal Effect From 1st September 2014

Back to school?

So starts your (differentiated) homework…


Here it is. That document:

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Ref: DFE-00205-2013 PDF, 1.89MB, 282 pages

As 282 pages of revised special educational legislation just isn’t lengthy enough to satisfy the legal-speak cravings of the average special needs parent, the government have helpfully produced an extra 59 pages just for us:

SEND: guide for parents and carers

Ref: DFE-00547-2014 PDF, 484KB, 59 pages

The original 2001 statutory guidance is still legally applicable for all those families already undergoing assessment for Statementing pre 01/09/14 and can still be downloaded from the archives:

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001)

Ref: ISBN 1 84185 5294, DfES/581/2001 PDF, 3.23MB, 217 pages

A guide detailing how the two documents will work alongside each other – and for how long – (until all current Statements have been transferred over to EHC plans) is also available for a little light night-time reading:

SEND: managing changes to legislation from September 2014

PDF, 505KB, 41 pages

For a more rounded picture of how these changes relate to the new Children and Families Act, you can compare and contrast with the information provided at:

Children and Families Act (Part 3)

(National Archives)

Just for fun:

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

(National Archives)

And to help you really underline your point to the LEA, you might want/need to refer to this:

Equality Act 2010

(National Archives)

Fun, fun, fun!!!

Further Reading:

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

Ref: DFE-00393-2014 PDF, 402KB, 24 pages

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions: Links to other useful resources

Working together to safeguard children

Ref: DFE-00030-2013 PDF, 1.06MB, 97 pages

Keeping children safe in education

Ref: DFE-00341-2014 PDF, 544KB, 50 pages

Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs

Ref: DFE-00307-2013 PDF, 360KB, 12 pages

Mental health and behaviour in schools: departmental advice

PDF, 441KB, 47 pages