Fact sheet on SEND reforms for FE

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CDC has prepared this fact sheet in collaboration with the Association of Colleges, Preparing for Adulthood and Natspec. The fact sheet provides a brief summary of the key themes under the new SEND reforms and is primarily aimed at supporting further education (FE) colleges and approved independent specialist providers in preparing for the SEND reforms.

The briefing outlines the new duties on FE colleges and ISPs from September 2014 including that:

  • The definition of special educational needs (SEN) is extended to include young people up to the age of 25; the definition includes ‘learning difficulties’ and ‘disabilities’.

  • FE colleges and ISPs will be required to ‘have regard to’ a new 0-25 SEN Code of Practice.

  • FE colleges and ISPs will have a duty to admit students if the institution is named in an Education Health and Care plan.

  • FE colleges and ISPs, along with others, will be under a duty to co-operate with the local authority to identify and meet the needs of young people with SEN.