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Section 41 Secretary of State's Approved list of specialist providers

Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State by order to publish a list of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions.   This new list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some part of the Act apply to some independent institutions.  The new duties are:

  • institutions on the approved list must "have regard" to the SEN Code of Practice
  • institutions on the approved list have a reciprocal duty to co-operate with the local authority on arrangements for children and young people with SEN
  • local authorities' published local offer must refer to the institutions on the approved list
  • specific duties and rights relating to admissions, in line with maintained schools, Academies, FE colleges and non-maintained special schools

The list will be updated termly and published on GOV.UK

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