Revision of the SEND code of practice and consultation

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.

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Last Updated : 16 April 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.