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The special educational needs (SEN) code of practice became effective on 1 January 2002.
It gives schools, early education providers, local authorities and those who help them – including health and social services – a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils.
Since 1 September 2012, schools and local authorities also have a duty to provide auxiliary aids and services to disabled pupils.
More information and a practical guide to these duties are available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website.
The Children and Families Bill includes reforms to legal provisions for children with SEN. Subject to parliamentary approval of the Bill, we will issue a revised SEN code of practice. The revised code will in turn be subject to parliamentary approval. We are currently consulting on a draft of the revised code and we expect to publish the final version in spring 2014.
The 2002 code of practice remains current until the new legislation is enacted and a revised code comes into effect. We expect this to be in September 2014.
Local authorities, headteachers and governors of schools, early education practitioners and other interested parties.
This guidance applies to;
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This is practical advice to local education authorities, maintained schools and early education settings on how to carry out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children’s special educational needs. (Last updated in November 2001, 217 pages.)
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Information on local authorities' duties to children and young people with special educational needs under the SEN Code of Practice.
This draft legislation includes reforms to support for children and young people with special educational needs.