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What Works and the SEND Code of Practice

In March 2014 The Children and Families Act received Royal Assent. It includes clauses on special education needs (SEN) which aim to reform the SEN system. These changes, known as the SEN and Disability Reforms, came into effect in September 2014, with a new SEND Code of Practice, the statutory guidance relating to the Children and Families Act.

The 2014 SEND Code of Practice applies to all organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, including local authorities, health agencies, early years providers and all schools.

The Code emphasises the importance of 'high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND', noting that this includes the use of evidence-based interventions and approaches. Educational settings, joint-commissioning arrangements and local authorities are therefore responsible for accessing the best evidence available on interventions and approaches to support children and young people. 

More detail on what the Code of Practice says about evidence-based practice and how What Works supports this is available in our factsheet on What Works and the SEND Reforms.



Other resources on the SEND Reforms and SLCN

The Communication Trust is committed to supporting all those implementing the SEND Reforms to meet the needs of children and young people with SLCN and their families.  In order to achieve this, we are working with the Department for Education, the Pathfinder programme, partners across the VCS sector, and professionals that make up the children's workforce. You can read more about this work on our SEND Reforms micro-site.

You may also be interested in our other work to support practitioners to deliver the 2014 SEND Code of Practice, including:

  • Implementing the SEND reforms: joint commissioning for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, a report providing practical information regarding commissioning for SLCN services within the context of implementing the SEND Reforms. The report has a joint Ministerial foreword from Dr. Dan Poulter and Edward Timpson.
  • The Communication Commitment is a free online resource to help develop a whole-school approach to communication. The Commitment offers practical ideas and resources to support schools in some of their specific duties under the Code. A brand new index helps you easily find the fifteen resources that have been updated to reflect the 2014 Code.
  • Communication Consortium 0-25 Catalogue - The Communication Trust's Consortium is a group of 52 voluntary and community sector organisations that provide a vast range of resources and services relating to children and young people's speech, language and communication.
  • Communicating the Code is a suite of resources that aims to support all those who must have regard to the Code of Practice to meet the needs of children and young people with speech language and communication needs (SLCN) and their families. 

 

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