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30 Aug 2014

SEND Code of Practice

The SEND Code of Practice received parliamentary approval earlier this month. Also see updates on advice for local authorities and health partners, guide for young people and parents or carers and Ofqual to review data on extra time in exams.

SEND Code of Practice

The SEND Code of Practice received parliamentary approval earlier this month.

Independent schools are required to have regard to the Code if:

  1. They are approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014; and/or
  2. They are early years providers that are funded by the local authority.

The DfE is due to publish some guidance in September on the implications of the Code and the new Children and Families Act. ISC has requested that this contain a separate section/document which specifically deals with independent schools. A link will be circulated once this has been published.

Advice for local authorities and health partners

DfE has published departmental advice for local authorities and health partners about implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system from September 2014.

Guide for young people and parents or carers

DfE has also published a guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for parents and carers. This may be useful for staff in schools, colleges and early years education settings who are dealing with the parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

Ofqual to review data on extra time in exams

According to a report by BBC News, Ofqual is to collect information on how many independent school students receive extra time in exams, compared with maintained school pupils. Ofqual said the new information gathering was not in response to any specific concern about access arrangements but is part of a wider attempt to help exam boards better understand how access arrangements are implemented and to improve "risk analysis". According to the report, the Joint Council for Qualifications will supply information to the regulator next summer.

17 Aug 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Mental health in education

The Institute of Public Policy and Research (‘IPPR’) have published details about a new study

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2 Jun 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Ofqual consultation on specifications on reasonable adjustments

Ofqual consultation

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8 Apr 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

High Needs Funding

DfE has launched a consultation on High Needs Funding Reform.

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3 Mar 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Guide for health professionals

DfE has issued a guide for health professionals.

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6 Nov 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability

High Needs Funding Arrangements

DfE has recently published information for local authorities and institutions about the high needs funding arrangements for 2016 and 2017.

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1 Mar 2015

Mental health and behaviour in schools

Departmental advice for school staff from the Department for Education.

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3 Mar 2015

SEND Code of Practice FAQ for Independent Schools

Frequently Asked Questions for Independent Schools on the SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014.

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