The DfE have produced a series of videos to inform children, young people and parents/carers about the new reforms. You can view them below:
The Children and Families Act 2014 makes provisions about children, families, and people with special educational needs or disabilities; about the right to request flexible working; and for connected purposes.
The new Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice: 0-25 years was first laid before Parliament on 11 June 2014 and came into effect from 1 September 2014. A revised version of the code came into effect from April 2015.
With the extension of the age ranges under the reforms, "Preparing for Adulthood" is a key theme for developing pathways for children and young people with SEND. There are a range of resources available through the "Preparing for Adulthood" website.
The Council for Disabled Children is working as the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education. As part of this role they are developing and collating information highlighting key aspects of the SEND reforms, as outlined in the Children and Families Bill.
Find out more and to access a selection of free key resources produced by Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and their partners highlighting different aspects of changes to SEN and disability policy.
The SEN Information Organisations Group, a group of organisations that give information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top myths’ information sheets for parents covering:
They aim to dispel the top myths about these subjects. IPSEA and Contact a Family also sit on this group.
The SEND pathfinder programme was launched in September 2011 in preparation for the reforms. The SEN Pathfinder Website provides information on each of the pathfinders involved, including links to their factsheets and dedicated websites, where available. Information packs are available to download and examples of EHC plans, work around personal budgets etc are available to view.