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1 Children and Families Act 2014: SEND Reforms County Governor Forum Tuesday 4 November 2014 Liz Flaherty

2 Content Transfer from Statements to EHCPs SEN Support (The Grey Book) SEN Policy and SEN Information Report EHCP: Requests for assessment Ongoing support

3 Assessment started before 1 September 2014 All new statutory assessments without a statement from 1 September 2014 will conclude with EHCP/no EHCP Any assessment/re-assessment in progress on or before 1 September 2014 must continue under Education Act 1996 – unless parents and LA in agreement to treat as EHC assessment Any subsequent statement will be drawn up/amended under 1996 Act arrangements – unless LA decides there is sufficient information to draw up an EHCP (if parents/young person agrees).

4 Transition period 1 September 2014 to 31 March 2018 Children in R-1, Y2, Y6,Y11 and Y14 will have their Statement transferred to an EHCP this year. Same year groups in subsequent years, but Year 9 added next year (ie Sept 2015)

5 Transfer Review For those with Statements in YR-1,Y2, Y6 and Y11 and Y14 the transfer review process must replace the annual review. The LA must complete the transfer review before: 15 February May 2015 for Year 11 (in subsequent calendar years by 31 March) although aiming for 15 February 2015

6 The Transfer Process School to invite parents to a Transfer Review Planning meeting. Transfer review commence date needs to be identified to parents and all involved Transfer review must involve EHC needs assessment (all advice as for EHC assessment) But the LA must not seek advice if same advice previously provided for any purpose and it is sufficient for EHC assessment Transfer review needs assessment must involve CYP and parents and LA needs to ensure their participation in discussions and minimise disruption

7 The Transfer Process (cont.) LA must finalise EHC plan within 14 weeks of the start of the transfer review; A draft plan must be issued to the parents with a 15 day response time; To conclude transfer review LA must send copy of finalised plan to the parents or YP and governing body of school; or Notify child’s parents or YP of decision not to make EHCP and ceasing Statement (but must be notified within 10 weeks); No note in lieu All rights to appeal to Tribunal remain.

8 YP right to make their own decisions after the end of compulsory school in relation to their EHCP Request an EHC assessment To make representations To request a particular institution To request a personal budget Right to appeal to the SEN and Disability Tribunal A young person can nominate someone to support them – and will need to practise expressing their views.

9 Transfer from a Statement to an EHCP Paperwork to be used: K3 TR and explanatory notes Our Story (K1) My Views (K2)

10 SEN Support In mainstream schools: How is the ‘grey book’ shared with staff? What does ‘high, quality inclusive teaching’ look like in your school? What do you need to do to as governors to find out about this?

11 Has your school in place:  audit staff training needs  CPD sessions on specific areas of need  Support for colleagues with their planning  Model practice/team teach  Work with support staff re difference between learning and task completion  Senior Leadership Team’s commitment to SEND?

12 SEN Policy Must reflect statutory requirements and the actual practice/ethos of the school. Go to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 3.65 for all info of what needs to be in it or Must be made available to parents…..could be in a summary form Reference to other relevant policies e.g.….behaviour, equal opps, admissions etc

13 The school census All new pupils with SEN who will not be on EHC plans should be recorded under SEN Support from September Schools should review the provision for those currently on SA/SA+ to SEN Support by the January 2015 Census.

14 Education, Health and Care Assessments and Plans (EHCPs)

15 Requesting an EHC assessment Ensure evidence is robust Engage with parents: K1 “Our Story” Complete K3 Support child in completing K2

16 Decision made by LA in 6 weeks From request to final plan = 20 weeks Draft – Final 15 days –Share with parents –Consult schools

17 New documentation is available on intranet: K3 – school information K3 TR – school information for transfers K1 OUR STORY K2 My Views EHCP

18 Other Changes:- Local Offer Personal Budgets Post 16 Independent Support Any queries – contact:


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