School action and school action plus
From September 2014, a new code of practice came into force to guide our policies and procedures. The SEND Code of Practice 2014 replaces School Action and School Action plus with a single school stage called SEN support.
The legal definition of SEN has not changed. A child has SEN if:
- they are progressing at a significantly slower rate than the majority of children their age, and
- require provision that is additional to or different from the services usually provided in the school
Children who currently receive special educational provision through School Action/School Action Plus should still receive this provision once the new code comes into force.
Changes in school
All schools in Sutton help children with SEN through a day to day co-ordinator (SENCO).
- The code of practice says that schools should meet parents at least termly - ie three times a year.
- All school SENCOs will have to be qualified teachers. In addition all new SENCOs have to complete SENCO training.
- School duties towards children with SEN have not changed. The funding changes should not mean a change to the provision needed to meet their needs.