The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) are supported in schools. The new approach took effect in September 2014 and places students at the centre of planning. The key principles of the new legislation are:
1. Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.
2. Education, health and care plans (EHC) replaced statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs have followed the EHC guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years).
3. School Action and School Action Plus ceased and were replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.
Ashington High School was well placed to adopt these changes and works with students and parents / carers to ensure fully inclusive access to our education.
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