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Last updated: 20 February 2023
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SEN Code of Practice

There is lots of information out there about the SEN Code of Practice, and it can be hard to understand. It's important to help other parents and carers understand the basics, to help you have conversations with professionals if your child has SEND, or if you are concerned that your child may have special educational needs.

The key points you need to keep in mind at all times are:

  • All children with SEND should have their needs met.
  • The SEN needs of children are normally met in mainstream (ordinary) early education settings or schools.
  • Your views should be considered, and the wishes of your child should be listened to.
  • You have a vital role in supporting your child's education.
  • Children with SEN should get a broad, well-balanced and relevant education. This includes the foundation stage curriculum (for children aged 3 to 5) or the national curriculum (for children aged 5 to 16).

You should be consulted about all the decisions that affect your child. If you have concerns or worries at any time you should share them with your child's teacher, head teacher or any other professional working with your child.

You should always ask for advice without delay. If you want to talk to someone who is independent and knows about special educational needs, you can get help from lots of local parent groups and national or voluntary organisations. Many of these are charities.

Mencap and the Department of Education have created a number of Easy Read SEND Code of Practice guides.

You can also get information, advice and support from the Bucks SEND Information Advice and Support service. This service is free, confidential, impartial and at arm's length from Buckinghamshire Council.