Children and Families Act 2014

June 13th, 2014

I posted yesterday about the publication of the SEND Code. Everything is coming together (finally!)  for the start of the new SEN regime from 1 September 2014.

The key provisions in Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 commence on 1 September 2014. There will be Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young persons up to age 25, replacing both SEN statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments. For a summary of the changes and issues raised, see the  presentation produced back in April by Joanne Clement of 11KBW.

Since the Act gained Royal Assent, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 have been laid before Parliament and also will come into force on 1 September 2014. The Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years is in place, subject to Parliamentary approval. The Department has set out the proposed transitional arrangements and published implementation guidance.

To get an idea of what an EHC Plan may look like in practice, have a look at the examples of EHC Plans that have been published on the SEND pathfinder website.

Rachel Kamm, 11KBW

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