| Oct 03, 2014
If you are the individual with SEN or disabilities you will now be placed at the centre of discussions about the support you will receive. This gives you much more control and allows you to make important decisions that will prepare you for adult life. You will now be given an EHC plan. This has replaced SEN statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) and will be given to those under 19 years, or in some cases 25 years. If you are going to university or entering the workplace you will no longer receive an EHC plan. You will be involved in your EHC plan to help your opinions reflect the decisions made. Your local authority is now required to provide you with a ‘Local Offer’. This will outline what support is available for you.
If you are a parent of a young person with SEN or disabilities your child will become responsible for their EHC plan and, unless they feel your child is unable to make informed decisions as a result of their SEN or disability, they will engage directly with your child. If your child had a statement under the old system they will most likely get an EHC plan. The only exceptions to this are if their needs have significantly changed or they are no longer in education. If your child wishes, you can be involved in helping to make decisions to form their EHC plan. The local authority will work closely with you and your child to ensure all views and wishes are included in the plan. You can also help in creating a personal budget. A personal budget is an amount of money from the government to deliver SEN support. More information on the personal budgets will be set out in your Local Offer from your local authority.
If you are a teacher you will need to be aware that the SEND reforms will require a whole school approach. It is very important that all areas of the school understand what the changes mean. You will need to have reviewed your school’s SEN policy and informed parents about what is changing and how the transition will take place. Teachers should listen to the views of the individual as well as their parents and carers to ensure their aims and outcomes are met. The reforms focus on high quality teaching, differentiating individual pupils needs.