Dear Parents and Carers
From the 1 September 2015, there have been changes in the law about how children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities receive support from the local authority, health and social care services and schools. This letter is to give information to Horsenden Primary School parents/carers about what the changes mean to children and families in this school.
The Children and Families Act received Royal Assent on 13 March 2014 and Part 3 of the Act covers new Special Educational Needs legislation; this came into place on 1 September 2014. This new Code of Practice offers guidance as to how the Act should be implemented across all services, especially education.
From this term, Statements of Special Educational Needs, will be replaced by Education Health and Care (EHC) plans. This will not affect children who already have a statement. These statements will gradually be converted to EHC plans over the next two years. This will not affect the support these children receive.
For children with less complex needs, but who still require help e.g. speech and language support, a new system called special educational needs (SEN) support will replace School Action and School Action Plus. This support will not focus on ‘counting hours or resources’ given to a pupil but more on what the pupil has achieved as a result of this support.
Transitional arrangements allow three years for all the changes to be implemented in school. Here, at Horsenden, we will be continuing to support all pupils who will benefit from extra support be it speech and language, reading or for emotional reasons. If your child is being supported as part of SEN support, you will be informed about this at the termly Parents’ Evenings.
During the Parents’ Evenings, this term, I will be holding meetings in the school hall for any parents/carers who would like to know more about the new Code of Practice.
The meetings will be held on Tuesday 21 October at 5.30pm and Thursday 23 October at 7.30pm. I will also be available during these evenings to answer any questions and speak to any parents who would like to discuss the new arrangements.
Mrs J Yates