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The SEN Code of Practice explained

Pastoral issues
The government recently unveiled its proposed new SEN Code of Practice. Jane Friswell outlines the implications for state-maintained schools.

The publication of the SEN Code of Practice heralds further changes to SEN provision in state-maintained schools.

The principles underpinning the Code of Practice include the need to support the child or young person, and their parents, in order to facilitate their development and to help them achieve the best possible educational and developmental outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood.

Including young people and parents in all related decision-making is another underlying principle of the code, which makes clear that they must be provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions, and that there should be greater control for them over the support that they receive.

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