Supporting Children With Special Educational needs in school
Education - England
Shine’s Education team previously highlighted proposed Government changes to the ‘statementing’ process in England from September 2014 so what do we know so far?
- Changes are being made to the way children with special educational needs are being supported, as part of the Children and Families Act. These changes include gradually transferring children and young people from statements to Education, Health and Care plans (EHC plans). This will require Local Authorities and Health bodies to work in partnership. Local Authorities will also publish a ‘local offer’ of services, to will provide information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of agencies.
- EHC plans will encompass children and young people in education who require additional support and/or training up to the age of 25. This will ensure that education and training providers will have a duty to meet additional needs for those children or young people who have an existing statement and who wish to go onto further education or training.
- EHC plans will only apply to children and young people who are (or would be) ‘statemented’. Families will be entitled to request the support of an Independent Supporter to help them through the process.
- EHC plans are being phased in over the next 3 ½ years. This means that if your child currently has a statement, the arrangements in the statement will continue until your next Annual Review.
- The Children’s and Families Act states that Local Authorities need to take the views of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families into account, particularly in relation to the support they are given.
Shine’s Education team in England will be building up their knowledge and expertise of EHC plans, offering specialist support and advice on how you can get the best out of the new process to support your child’s education and training.
A number of organisations across England have been funded by the Government to play a role in reforming and delivering services for disabled children, young people with special education needs and their families. All Local Authorities must have an Information, Advice and Support Service for special educational needs and disabilities (SENDIASS) to provide information on the changes and processes, and Independent Supporters if requested.
Contact details for organisations in your area are listed on the Council for Disabled Children website www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sendsupport.
Special Educational Needs in Wales.
Wales are proposing changes to the law covering special educational needs (SEN) which will apply to young people up to the age of 25. As yet, there is little detail on the changes or the timescale for their introduction but we will be keeping a watchful eye!