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Getting ready for changes to special educational needs and disability provision

SEND

New, Government led changes to special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision, placing greater emphasis on improving the outcomes for children and young people, will come into effect on 1 September 2014.

Hampshire County Council has been working in partnership with the Hampshire Parent/Carer Network, health, schools, and other partners, to prepare for the changes to be introduced in Hampshire as a result of the Children and Families Act 2014.

From September, Hampshire County Council and the five health Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs – GP led commissioners of health services for local communities) will work jointly to commission services that will support pupils in school and ensure that the particular needs of children and young people with special educational needs are met.

One of the overall aims of the new legislative requirements is ensuring that children and young people achieve the outcomes they need to prepare them for adulthood - to live independently and gain employment.

For parents and carers, the changes will mean the introduction of a new special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice that will lead to:

  • A new, ‘Hampshire Local Offer’ information website that will provide details of all the, education, health, social care, leisure services and support that is available locally for children and young people with special educational needs or disability;
  • The gradual replacement of special educational needs statements and post-16 section 139a Moving on Plans (learning difficulty assessments) with new, joined up education, health and care plans for children and young people, from birth to 25 years;
  • the use, by schools of a single category system for tracking the progress of children who need extra, specialist interventions - ‘SEN Support’ will replacechool Action and School Action Plus and will focus on analysing the impact that the specialist support has on the outcomes for a child or young person.

More information about the changes is available online or call 0845 603 5620 (local rates apply).