The new Code of Practice came into force with the implementation of Children and Families Act in September 2014. Legislation extends LA responsibility from the ages of 0-25 (if a young person is still in education).
THE LOCAL OFFER (WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?)
This is a response from the government to the desire of parents/carers to find out about all services, opportunities and access for children and young people with SEND in their area.
SCHOOL SEND INFORMATION REPORT
The governing bodies of maintained schools have a legal duty to publish information on their websites about the school policy for young people with SEND in line with the local offer to be updated annually.
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THE GOVERNING BODY?
- C&F Act 2014 s.29 governors have a duty to co-operate with LAs and LAs must co-operate with governors in relation to carrying out their duties towards children and young people with SEND.
- C&F Act 2014 s.43 requires governing bodies to admit a young person to their school where they are named in the Education Health and Care Plan.
- C&F Act 2014 s.66 governing bodies must use their “best endeavours” to ensure that Special Education Provision is made for a pupil where necessary.
- C&F Act 2014 s.68 parents and young people must be informed if they are on the student support register and receiving Special Education Provision.
PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SEND DEPARTMENT
Mrs Liz Wright – SENDCO
Mrs Bella Fell – SEND Administrator
Mrs Helen Earnshaw – Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
SEND department works closely with the Learner Support Base.
The new SEND Code of Practice states that teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff.