SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years
Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.
Applies to England
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) co-ordinators
- early years providers
- other education settings
- local authorities
- health and social services staff
Other SEND guides are also available.
Last updated 30 April 2020 + show all updates
Added link to guidance on 'Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus'.
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.