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Special Educational Needs & Disability

The Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England. It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people. A ‘young person’ in this context is a person over compulsory school age and under 25. Compulsory school age ends on the last Friday of June in the academic year in which they become 16.

Ethos Academy Trust pay due regard to the following related guidance:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018): Statutory guidance from the Department for Education which sets out what is expected of organisations and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations
  • Equality Act 2010: Advice for Schools: Non-statutory advice from the Department for Education, produced to help schools understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act
  • Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Pupils (2012)
  • Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions (2014): statutory guidance from the Department for Education

SEN Support in Schools

Where a pupil is identified as having SEN, our academies should take action to remove barriers to learning and put an effective special educational provision in place. This SEN support takes the form of a four-part cycle through which earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the pupil’s needs and of what supports the pupil in making good progress and securing good outcomes. This is known as the graduated approach. It draws on more detailed approaches, more frequent review and more specialist expertise in successive cycles in order to match interventions to the SEN of children and young people.

The principles designed to support this include:

  • Child and family centred approaches
  • Early identification
  • Collaboration between education, health and social care
  • High-quality provision
  • Inclusive practice and removal of barriers
  • High aspirations

Get in Touch

Ethos Academy Trust

Field Hill Centre
Batley Field Hill
WF17 0BQ
Company number 10745840 registered in England and Wales.

Telephone01924 478 482


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