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Accessibility Strategy and Accessibility Plans

Duty placed on schools The Equality Act 2010 and related Equality Duty 2011 reiterate the duty on schools as laid out in the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to produce an Accessibility Plan. The accompanying guidance for schools confirms that schools continue to have a…

Analysing and Using SEND Data

Data collection and analysis are essential elements in developing a more ‘forensic’ approach to removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and supporting the setting of realistic and stretching targets for SEND pupils. SEN Code of Practice The effective use of data helps to support the…

Autism Awareness

Various personal accounts of what it is like to have autism are available on the Autism Awareness area of the Guardian newspaper's website. Listen to BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth Programme to hear Michael Rosen learn about communication from people on the autism spectrum, by…

Child Tax Credit

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re: under 16 under 20 and in approved education or training You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit. You get money for each child that qualifies and Child…

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) within the Ministry of Defence provides advice and guidance to Service parents, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEN.  Find more information on how the CEAS supports MOD civilian families.…

Crisis Packages

From time to time emergency situations arise in families and usually families are able to cope from within their own or local community resources. Occasionally however emergencies are such that families cannot manage from within their existing support networks or using the current levels of…

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax free, social security benefit for children and young people up to 16 with an illness or disability. It is not dependent on your household income but only on your child’s needs. To get DLA, your child must need…

Disagreement Resolution

Any disagreement regarding special educational needs assessment or provision should try to be resolved through disagreement resolution. This could be between parents/young people with schools, colleges or the Local Authority. The Local Authority must make disagreement resolution services available to parents and young people. Disagreement…

Education, Health and Care Needs Management Board

The Education, Health and Care Needs Management Board will consider requests and provide advice about Education, Health and Social Care provision to meet the assessed needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 when those needs are exceptional (i.e.…

First Tier Tribunal (SEN and Disability)

The Tribunal (part of the First-tier Tribunal [Health, Education and Social Care Chamber]) hears appeals against decisions made by Local Authorities in relation to children’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans. It also hears disability discrimination claims against schools.