Monday, 30 June 2014

SEND Code of Practice- advice for NUT members on transition arrangements

The new SEND Code of Practice will come into effect in September 2014. The old code remains in force until then. The new code provides for a transition phase from Statements of SEN to the new Education, Care and Health Plans from then.

Not all children will have to be transferred straight away. The guidance from the Department of Education makes it clear that schools should begin working towards moving all children and young people with statements in England onto EHC plans from September 2014.  The DfE says: We want this transition to happen at a pace that is achievable and which maintains the quality of support both to children and young people making the transition and those still on the previous system.

The DfE advise local authorities to transfer children and young people to the new system at points in their education when a significant review would have taken place such as transition from early years to primary, primary to secondary, secondary to FE or from a mainstream to special school or vice versa within the transition period (September 1st 2014 to 1st April 2018).

Goups of children and young people who should be transferred to the EHC Plan by the local authority in 2014/15 are:
  • Children with statements in year 9;
  • Children and young people issued with a draft EHC plan before September 2014; and
  • Children and young people with a statement leaving custody between
    1 September 2014 and 1 April 2015.
The NUT has produced detailed guidance for members on this issue. You can download this briefing by clicking here.