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SEN Code of Practice

 

You may be aware that from September 2014, the new SEN Code of Practice came into force. As a result of this, changes were made to the way schools and local authorities ensure that the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are met.

 

What does this mean to me?

 

In September 2014, all local authorities published (in one place) information about the services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people (0 – 25) who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This is known as the local offer.

 

The development of a local offer is one of a number of changes to the way children and young people with SEND are supported that are part of the Children and Families Act. Schools will also publish an annual Special Educational Needs Information Report, which will outline what individual schools are able to offer in order to support children and families with SEND. A link to Ridgefield’s online Special Educational Needs Information Report is provided at the bottom of this page.

 

You can find out more about Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer on http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/send

 

What will the local offer cover?

 

The local offer includes information about health and social care services, education, leisure activities and support groups in the area for children and young people aged 0 – 25 with SEND and their families.

 

There is information about:

 

  • services and support available

  • how children and young people’s needs are identified and assessed

  • the way schools, colleges and maintained nurseries support children and young people with SEND

  • how to access services and how decisions are made

  • preparation for adulthood and independence

  • arrangements for making a complaint and mediation

  • how to comment on the local offer

 

The Department for Education’s draft SEN Code of Practice and regulations outlines the range of information to be included in the local offer.

 

Why is the local offer important?

 

The local offer will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services and support that are available in their local area and understand how to access them.

 

If you require additional information, please contact the school’s SENCO Mrs K Gregory by email office@ridgefield.cambs.sch.uk

 

Special Educational Needs Information Report

 

Click below to view the Special Needs Information Report for Ridgefield School.

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