The Department for Education (DfE) is now consulting on the
revised draft of the new 'Special educational needs and disability
(SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years'.
The first public consultation was launched in autumn 2013 and
more than 700 responses were received. The DfE has now analysed the
responses, held discussions with people and organisations
representing those the code applies to and produced a revised
version of the code of practice and is inviting further
consultation until 6th May.
You can download the revised document and find out how to respond
to the changes made here.
In Control will be providing a formal response but we are delighted
to see indicative budgets included enabling families to know
how much money is available before setting out the detail of the
support plan. The code includes the following text:
The child's parent or the young person should be given an
indication of the level of funding available to make the provision
specified, or proposed to be specified in the EHC plan. An
indicative figure can be identified through a resource allocation
or banded funding system. As part of a person-centred approach to
the development of the EHC plan, the local authority should agree
the provision to be made in the plan and help the parent or young
person parent or young person to decide whether they want to take
up a Personal Budget. Local authorities should be clear that any
figure discussed at this stage is indicative and is a tool to
support the planning process including the development of the draft
EHC plan. Final allocation of funding budget must be sufficient to
secure the agreed provision specified in the EHC plan and
must be set out as part of that provision.