Are you feeling daunted at the prospect of implementing the SEND Code of Practice 2014? Or excited about the opportunity to review and increase the effectiveness of your provision for children and young people with SEND? This isn’t something for SENCOs to face alone: with collaborative, coordinated SEND leadership, schools and settings can take a strategic approach to planning and avoiding duplication of work.
The new SEND Code of Practice emphasises the central role of the child and family and an outcomes-focused approach to planning. While we may welcome this as a positive move, what are the potential implications for schools and local authorities? How will the rights of children and families be accommodated in assessment, the development of EHC plans – and allocation of personal budgets?
With the transition from statements to EHC plans it’s not only the paperwork that needs careful management; the new SEND Code of Practice makes it very clear that children and families should be kept at the centre of all proceedings, and this in itself is a challenge