SEND Code of Practice: a summary

Read our summary to help you comply with the SEND Code of Practice. Find out how the EHC assessment process works, and share our handout with staff to help them understand their responsibilities under the code.

Last reviewed on 3 November 2023
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  1. It's statutory for all schools 
  2. Involve parents and young people in decisions
  3. Mainstream schools: understand your requirements 
  4. How the EHC assessment process works
  5. LAs must publish a 'local offer'
  6. What you must consider for pupils in specific circumstances
  7. Use our handout and briefing to teach your staff about the code 

This article summarises some of the key points of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice. For more advice and guidance on supporting pupils with SEND, have a look at our hub for SEN management.

It's statutory for all schools 

The SEND code of practice provides statutory guidance on the SEND system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.  

All schools must have regard to the code when taking decisions relating to pupils with SEN or disabilities.

This is explained on page 13 of the code and section 77 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Involve parents and young people in decisions

Your local authority (LA) must make sure parents and pupils are involved in discussions and decisions about their individual support and local provision. 

Expressing their opinion on matters affecting them, and having