Statutory guidance

Special educational needs (SEN) code of practice

Statutory code of practice on special educational needs.



This statutory code is for:

  • headteachers
  • governing bodies
  • school staff
  • SEN coordinators
  • early education providers
  • health and social services staff
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • academies and free schools
  • non-maintained special schools

The code explains the duties on schools to:

  • provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils
  • provide auxiliary aids and services to disabled pupils

More information and a practical guide to these duties are available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website.

A guide for parents and carers on the main points of the SEN code of practice is also available.

This code relates to:

A new code of practice will be published in 2014.

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