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The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms

The SEND system has recently been the subject of major reform. The reforms are based on the vision that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to achieve their best and leave school or college prepared for adult life, in higher education, training or employment.

We are including some documents and links to local and national information from the Department for Education, Department of Health and other sources to help you understand the reforms.

Local Information

Telford & Wrekin SEND Strategy

Telford & Wrekin SEND Local Offer:
Telford & Wrekin’s website which aims to provide information on what services you can expect from local agencies including education, health and social care.
www.telfordsend.org.uk/localofferservices/
SEND Team – Local Offer enquiries: 01952 385399

National Information

Special Educational Needs and Disability – Information on the reforms from the Department for Education and the Department of Health, including the SEND Code of Practice:
https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/special-educational-needs-disabilities

The Children and Families Act 2014 – An Overview

Preparing for Adulthood

Cross over of the two Acts
Preparing for Adulthood Toolkit
Personal Budgets - Post 16 Factsheet
Contact a Family Preparing for Adulthood Factsheet


Mental Capacity Act

From September 2014, under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, the right to make requests and decisions applies directly to disabled young people and those with SEN over compulsory school age (the end of the academic year in which they turn 16) rather than to their parents.
This has raised a lot of questions from young people, their families, and professionals working with them, about how young people can be prepared and supported to make important decisions about their future.
Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) have worked in partnership with the Transition Information Network (TIN), the Information Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN) and Making Ourselves Heard (MOH) to develop this factsheet. We have considered the practical implications of the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how they link with the duties in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act.

Factsheet on Mental Capacity Act

Useful and interesting information from latest CHIMAT bulletin - 2017
This analysis compares levels of happiness and psychological difficulties between children with and without special educational needs (SEN) 2012 to 2013. The report from the Department for Education compares Understanding Society survey data with the national pupil database to examine levels of children’s wellbeing. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-wellbeing-of-secondary-school-pupils-with-sen#2017-07-19T09:31:35+01:00
Research on how mainstream schools and colleges provide special educational needs (SEN) support. This research from the Department of Education includes a rapid evidence assessment on the effectiveness of current SEN support methods, a survey of education professionals, looking at the ways they identify and support children and young people classified as in need of SEN support and a selection of case studies.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-support-in-schools-and-colleges#2017-07-19T09:31:00+01:00

Parent Carer Survey to Support: Joint Area Inspection - Send Reforms (22nd-26th May 2017)

SEND Inspection Summary Survey Response May 2017

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