- Department for Education and Department of Health
- Part of:
- Secondary school teachers: useful information, Primary school teachers: useful information, School leadership teams: useful information, Schools: statutory guidance, Special educational needs and disability (SEND), and Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
- 11 June 2014
- Last updated:
- 1 May 2015, see all updates
- Applies to:
Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.
This statutory code contains:
- details of legal requirements that you must follow without exception
- statutory guidance that you must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to
It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
The code, which applies to England, is for:
- headteachers and principals
- governing bodies
- school and college staff
- special educational needs (SEN) coordinators
- early education providers
- local authorities
- health and social services staff
This document replaces the ‘Special educational needs (SEN): code of practice’ 2001. The 2001 code still applies for those who have a SEN statement under part 4 of the Education Act 1996, rather than an education, health and care (EHC) plan under the Children and Families Act 2014.
Other SEND guides are also available.
Published: 11 June 2014
Updated: 1 May 2015
- Removed version of SEND code that was valid until 31 March 2015. Clarified when 2001 SEND code is still applicable.
- Published the revised 'SEN and disability code of practice 0 to 25 years' which comes into effect on 1 April 2015.
- Added link to the 'SEND: guide for parents and carers' page.
- Updated the 'SEND code of practice: 0 to 25' document. It comes into force on 1 September 2014.
- Updated transitional and savings provisions document includes substantial changes throughout.
- First published.
Part of: Secondary school teachers: useful information Primary school teachers: useful information School leadership teams: useful information Schools: statutory guidance Special educational needs and disability (SEND) Special educational needs and disability (SEND)