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Final SEND Code of Practice

Final SEND Code of Practice

The Department of Education and the Department of Health have today published the final SEND Code of Practice.  

Reforming the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 in England.

This statutory code is for:

·        headteachers

·        governing bodies

·        school staff

·        SEN coordinators

·        early education providers

·        health and social services staff    
   local authorities

It applies to:

·        maintained schools

·        pupil referral units (PRUs)

·        academies and free schools   
   non-maintained special school

The code explains the duties on schools to:

·        provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils

·        provide auxiliary aids and services to disabled pupils

This code was laid before Parliament on 11 June 2014. It must be approved by Parliament before it comes into force on 1 September 2014. It will help put into place wide-reaching reforms to the SEND system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 in England. The code provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations.

The current code of practice remains in force until 1 September 2014.    

The government response to our consultation on the special educational needs (SEN) code of practice and regulations is also available.

The code can be found on the gov.uk website here or alternatively the documents can be downloaded in PDF format below.