All children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) should be able to reach their full potential in school. They should also be supported to make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.
Department for Education

From September 2014 the government implemented radical changes to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) agenda.

Key points

  • For children and young people with more complex needs, a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) will replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
  • There is a clearer focus on the views of children and young people and on their role in decision-making.
  • The emphasis is on stronger involvement from Health and Social Care in identifying needs, planning and service provision.
  • Families of a child with Special Educational Needs or a Disability will be able to request a Personal Budget to access services. The Education Health and Care Plan will identify the needs and the provision.
  • There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood.
  • All providers will need to be included in the Torbay Local Offer

A family centred system

We must ensure that parents, children and young people are involved in discussions and decisions about every aspect of their SEN, planning outcomes and making provision to meet those outcomes, and in:

  • planning and reviewing the local offer;
  • reviewing special educational provision and social care provision; and
  • drawing up individual EHC plans, reviews and reassessments.

Working together for positive outcomes

Children and young people with SEN may need integrated support from education, health and/or social care to help them achieve their ambitions. Working together, these agencies can achieve far more for these children and young people than they can separately, more efficiently and often at reduced cost.

Key Requirements

Maintained nursery schools, mainstream schools (maintained schools and academies and free schools that are not special schools), 16 – 19 academies, further education institutions, pupil referral units and alternative provision academies must:

  • use their best endeavours to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any individual who has SEN;
  • co-operate generally with their local authority in developing the local offer

If you would like further information on Torbay’s implementation of the SEND Reforms or would like further information about how to participate, please contact us.