Table of Contents
- New Draft SEN Code of Practice
- Parliamentary Process: House of Lords
- House of Commons up to July 2013
- New Duty on Health
- Pathfinders and the Local Offer
- Summary of Changes Following Bill Committee March-April 2013
- Previous SEN Changes Following Education Committee Pre-legislative Scrutiny September-December 2012
- Lessons Learned from Children Missing Education:Guidance is Not Enough
- Judicial Review Legal Aid
- Useful Links
Changes to SEN Legislation 2013-2014
The government is planning radical changes to the law on special needs. The Children and Families Act will become law in September 2014 and the changes will be introduced between 2014 and 2017. The proposed changes are contained in Part 3, clauses 19-72 of the Children and Families Bill, and there will also be a new SEN code of practice. See http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/childrenandfamilies/documents.html for the latest version of the Bill html and pdf 21st November 2013.
New Draft SEN Code of Practice Consultation 2013
Consultation on new draft SEN Code of Practice opened October on 4th 2013 and closes December 9th 2013. The draft code is here and home education is covered in pages 146-148. Subsequent revisions to the SEN Code of Practice will have to be put before parliament. To read a marked up version of my proposed changes to home education paragraphs in the new SEN code click here http://edyourself.org/sencodecomments.pdf revised October 28th.
http://edyourself.org/articles/newcode.php has more information on transition arrangements from statements to EHC plans. http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DfES%200581%20200MIG2228.pdf Current SEN Code of Practice published 2001
Parliamentary Process: House of Lords
Report stage in the Lords starts on December 9th 2013 which is the same day as the SEN Code of Practice consultation closes. Further provision dates are given as December 11th and 17th.
Read more about the Children and Families Bill passage through the House of Lords here
House of Commons up to July 2013
Report Stage of the Children and Families Bill took place on Tuesday June 11th 2013 The Bill passed at Third Reading in the Commons and In June 2013 Graham Stuart MP tabled a series of short amendments related to home education at Report in the Commons. Addressing the points covered by the amendments, the Minister did provide some much-needed reassurance but unfortunately, some ambiguities still remain on the face of the Bill. These concerns were partly addressed by the Minister's follow-up letter on July 19th
New Duty on health
The Government's new duty on health" amendment was agreed in Committee on April 16th. Read more here See also http://edyourself.org/informationotefromdfedutyonhealthamendment.pdf March 2013: "Amendment no 12 amends subsection (2) [of cl 42] to insert the word 'suitable' to follow the word 'alternative'. This is to cover circumstances in which the duty does not bite because the parent or young person has made other arrangements such as paying for private health care."
Pathfinders and the Local Offer
To learn more about the proposed new Local Offer for children and young people with special needs, click here