Policies and legislation - SENCO Guide
There are a number of key legislative frameworks which govern your work as a SENCO. As a SENCO, it is vital to have a good knowledge of the key aspects of each.
Related legislation and guidance
- Children and Families Act
- Mental Capacity Act
- Care Act
- Equality Act
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25
- SEND Review: right support, right place, right time
- The Equality Act advice for schools
- Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions
- Keeping children safe in education
- Working together to safeguard children
- School census
- Governance handbook
- What maintained schools should publish online
- What academies should publish online
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities regulations 2014
Frameworks relating to school inspection
SEN Information Reports
All schools are required to publish a SEN Information Report. A detailed breakdown that describes the contents of the SEN Information Report can be found in The Code (6.79 - 6.84). This should be read in conjunction with section 69 of the Children and Families Act.
- Example of a SEN information report (from Manadon Vale Primary School)
All schools are required to have a SEN policy. A key role of the SENCO is overseeing the operation of the policy (6.90).
Please see some documents below that will help you with policy writing, including an example of a SEN policy, written by a local school.
All schools are required to publish an 'accessibility plan' detailing how disabled pupils can participate in the school's curriculum.
Please see some documents below that can support you with writing an accessibility plan, including an example written by a local school.
- Example of an accessibility plan (Eggbuckland Vale Primary School)
All schools are required to publish 'equality objectives' and must comply with the 'public sector equality duty'.
Plymouth's Local Offer is organised into four main categories covering the following age ranges:
- Early years (0 to 5 years old)
- Primary (5 to 11 years old)
- Secondary (11 to 18 years old)
- Preparing for adulthood
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