SEN: Sticking to the Code of Practice

The SEND reforms including the new Code of Practice have been in place for more than two years now. Dorothy Lepkowska speaks to two experts to find out what challenges are still facing schools, SEN children and their families

When the new SEND Code of Practice was launched in 2014, it placed collaboration between services at the forefront, and greater input and communication between schools and families at its heart.

Now, more than two years since its implementation by schools, a picture is emerging of how well, or otherwise, the policy is working. The image appears to be mixed, and the quality of provision varies between different schools and local authorities.

Dr Adam Boddison, chief executive of the special needs association nasen, said one of the biggest challenges was the 1.2 million children who are on the special needs register but who have not had a statutory assessment.

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