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NEW DRAFT CODE ON SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

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The government has moved to strengthen guidance in the draft Code ...
The government has moved to strengthen guidance in the draft Code
of Practice for Special Educational Needs (SEN) to ensure that
children receive the help that they need.
Schools Minister Baroness Ashton said yesterday:
'We have listened very carefully to the views of parents and members
of both houses of parliament and others about the guidance in the
draft Code of Practice on quantifying the amount of help specified in
children's statements of special educational needs. We will be
revising that guidance to address those concerns - and to ensure that
children receive the help they need.
'Children have a right to have their voices heard and be part of the
decision-making process on their educational future, and that is why
the draft Code's emphasis on this has been universally welcomed.
Teachers welcome the reductions in paperwork we are proposing. And
there has been support from across the SEN world for the
encouragement the draft Code gives to the partnerships between
parents, schools, local education authorities, health and social
services and voluntary organisations that are crucial to success in
raising the achievement of all children.'
'We recognise the need to make changes to the guidance on quantifying
provision in statements. After making improvements we will place a
revised draft before parliament for approval with the aim of bringing
it into force on 1 January 2002. To ensure that schools and local
education authorities have additional time to prepare we will also
bring in the special educational needs provisions of the SEN and
Disability Act 2001 on that date. Together, this package will help
ensure a better deal for children with special education needs.'
NOTES
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. The revised Code of Practice and associated Regulations put flesh
on the bones of the statutory duties on local education authorities
and schools for children with SEN contained in Part IV of the 1996
Education Act. The Code provides practical guidance on those duties
and schools, LEAs and others must, by law, have regard to it.
2. The current Code of Practice was issued in 1994. The 1996
Education Act gives the secretary of state the power to revise the
SEN Code of Practice. When the secretary of state proposes to amend
the Code, consultation must take place on a draft and a further
draft, modified as she sees fit, must be placed before both houses of
parliament for approval. Consultation took place between July and
October on a draft revised Code and the version laid before
parliament in June was modified to take account of the responses to
that consultation.
3. A revised draft will now be placed before parliament with the
intention of it coming into force on 1 January 2002 - together with
the SEN Provisions of the SEN and Disability Act 2001 and the
Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) Regulations 2001.
4. Additional guidance on implementing the revised SEN Code of
Practice will be published in an SEN Toolkit and made available to
schools, LEAs and others on request when the Code of Practice is
published.
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