SEND: Department for Education guides

On 1 September 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published a press release and an open letter to parents on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

They have also issued the following guides for the groups provided below. The guides should be read alongside the Special education needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25.

Guide for children and young people

SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people covers the following areas:

  • making decisions about your support
  • the local offer
  • education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • post-16 options for support

Guide for parents and carers's SEND: guide for parents and carers explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities works. It covers:

  • the law and statutory guidance on which the system is based
  • places to go for help and further information
  • details about changes to the system from 1 September 2014

Guide for early years settings

The SEND: guide for early years settings is for managers and staff in all early years education settings funded by the council. The guide explains the duties and responsibilities of providers of early years education who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Guide for schools

The SEND: guide for schools and alternative provision settings offers information for:

  • school governing bodies, including non-maintained special schools
  • academy proprietors, including free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools
  • pupil referral unit management committees
  • independent schools, including independent specialist providers

It is also of interest to:

  • school leadership teams
  • school teachers
  • special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)

Guide for further education providers

The SEND: guide for further education providers is for:

  • further education colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • 16 to 19 academies
  • independent specialist colleges

Guide for social care professionals

The SEND: guide for social care professionals is for social care practitioners and commissioners.

Guide for health professionals

The SEND: guide for health professionals is clinical commissioning groups, health professionals and councils.


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