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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Are you concerned that a child is not making sufficient progress or is struggling at school?

Are you a parent, teacher, family member or the child?

The information and documents contained on these pages should help you to find the advice and support you need to get help.

In 2014 the Children and Families Act reformed Special Educational Needs (SEN) legislation

The Government believed that the old system was failing children and their families.

The key changes are:

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) (for 16- to 25-year olds) are being replaced with a single, simpler 0-25 assessment process and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • The statutory protections which were associated with a SEN statement are extended for young people up to the age of 25.
  • Local authorities have to publish a Local Offer showing the support available to disabled children and young people and those with SEN, and their families.
  • Parents or young people with Education, Health and Care Plans have the right to a personal budget for their support.
  • The introduction of compulsory mediation for disputes and giving children the right to appeal if they are unhappy with their support.
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