Changes to special educational needs

Here you will find information about the changes made by the government to the way that children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities are supported.

These changes help them to:

  • learn
  • stay healthy
  • get involved in their local community
  • make friends
  • get a job

What are the main changes?

  1. Statements will be replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). You can read more about them on the EHCP page.
  2. Children and young people can now get support for longer. Some people will be able to get support until they are 25.
  3. Children, young people and their parents can now have more say about the support they receive.
  4. Some young people and parents of pupils with an EHCP can choose to hold a personal budget to buy in the support identified.
  5. Education, social care and health services will work together to support children with SEN and disabilities through the 'joint commissioning' of services.

What does this mean for you/your child?

  1. There is a tell us once approach.
  2. It puts children, young people and parents at the heart of the process.
  3. There is a clear focus on the transition to adulthood.
  4. There is a new time frame of 20 weeks for the EHCP process.
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