Special educational needs and disabilities reforms

Brent implemented the national programme of SEND reforms in September 2014. The changes have extended the special educational needs system from birth to 25 and placed new legal duties on councils, schools, health services and other agencies to ensure that children with SEND, and their families, get the support they need. 

The new changes that have been put in place include:

  • A single education, health and care (EHC) plan from birth to 25 that replaces statements of special educational needs
  • The option of a personal budget for children or young people with an EHC plan
  • Help and support young people to prepare for the future as they move into adulthood so they can achieve education and training opportunities, paid employment, independent living and good health
  • Local Offer of services for children and young people with SEND
  • A new SEND code of practice for 0 to 25 year olds
  • A requirement for local councils and other key agencies, including health and schools, to link up and jointly plan services for SEND
  • A clearer focus on the views of children and young people and their role in decision-making
  • School action and school action plus replaced by a new school-based category called SEN support
  • Mediation for parents going to tribunal
  • Supporting children and young people with SEND in youth custody

We make sure that parents, children and young people are closely involved in discussions and decisions about every aspect of their care, and that agreed services and activities are put in place to support them. This includes: 

  • Being actively involved in contributing to the assessment, planning and review of education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • Planning and reviewing our Local Offer
  • Reviewing SEND and social care provision

In addition, our early years providers, schools and colleges should also fully engage parents and/or young people about SEND when drawing up the plans and policies that affect them.