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Special Educational Needs Support (SENS) in Schools and Educational Settings

Special Educational Needs Support in Schools and Settings

In September 2014, the Department for Education published a schools guide to SEND. This guide is designed to help those listed below to understand their statutory duties and responsibilities under the reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to children in their care who have or may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND):

  • Governing bodies of schools, including non-maintained special schools

  • Proprietors of academies (including free schools, University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools)

  • The management committees of pupil referral units

  • Independent schools and independent specialist providers approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014

In this guide ‘schools’ refers to all of the above, unless otherwise stated.

Schools: Guide to the 0 to 25 SEND Code of Practice

Local authority children’s services are required by law to plan to improve access to every aspect of education for pupils with disabilities, and to monitor and review the effectiveness of their plans at regular intervals. The detail of these plans form the basis of the local authority’s Accessibility Strategy. This responsibility sits alongside the many other duties the Council has towards the children and young people who live or attend schools in the borough.

Dudley Accessibility Strategy 2012-2015 - Children's Services


The document below is an interim guidance for the academic year 2014 -2015. It aims to prepare professionals, parents, carers, children and young people for the changes in operational procedures from September 2014 as a result of the Children and Families Act 2014. There is an accompanying SEND Code of Practice 2015, to which all references refer.

The document provides practical guidance and information for professionals, parents and children and young people and others, where consideration is being given to making a request for a statutory assessment which may lead to an Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP).

Framework for SEND Provision

Further advice and support is available from:

The SEN Team, Ladies Walk Centre, Ladies Walk, Dudley DY3 3UA

Telephone: 01384 814214

Feedback may be sent to Donna Hodges

Dudley SENDIASS (formerly Dudley Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial information, advice and support to young people and parents, covering special educational needs (SEN), disability, health and social care


 Helpline number:01384 817373
Address: Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Road Netherton, Dudley DY2 9LY


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