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SEN Code of Practice

The Code of Practice offers guidance to settings and schools about using a graduated approach to identify and meet the needs of children with SEN. This means that some children will have their needs addressed at Early Years Action or School Action while others will be met at Early Years Action Plus or School Action Plus or through a Statement of Special Educational Need.

In Worcestershire, the majority of the funding to support pupils' individual needs is now devolved to schools. This means that individual schools can assign adult support assistance as necessary and set up interventions, whether as groups or individuals, to support children with speech, language and communication needs.

Recent guidance (September 2010) on Edulink (External Website) on the criteria for statutory assessment produced by Worcestershire SEN Services acknowledges that:

'Children with the most severe communication and interaction difficulties will be characterised by limitations in accessing the curriculum and may present with emotional and behavioural difficulties. These children will need substantial support to ensure that they are provided with appropriate access to the curriculum and participation in school life.'

There are 4 areas of need as set out in the SEN Code of Practice: 

  • Cognition and Learning Needs:
  • Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development Needs
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

NB: SLCN as a secondary need can occur within any of these categories.

Further Information

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See also in our website

External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
The page is next due for review 13 November 2014.