SENd changes

A new free online guide will help parents and carers, who support children with literacy difficulties including dyslexia, navigate the changes in Special Educational Needs. 

The online document, which has already been welcomed as ‘gold-dust’, is being launched today by Dyslexia Action, a national charity, to help explain the changes happening in England from September 2014.

The ‘How to…Navigate the changes in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision’ guide, highlights the new legal requirements that schools and colleges have a duty to follow in England, under the ‘SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years’ (due to be approved July 2014) and what this means for children with special educational needs. It relates to the Children and Families Act which was passed through parliament in March 2014.

Included is information on: 

  • What is changing in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability 
  • Education, Health and Care Plans
  • How a Local Offer should help
  • What should happen if a child is assessed as being disabled by their dyslexia
  • Who will receive a Personal Special Educational Needs Budget
  • If dyslexia is identified what approach should be taken by the teacher
  • What parents can do if they are not happy with the support their child receives
  • Useful contact details for other organisations that can offer helpful advice and/or support.

The guide is already being welcomed by parents including BAFTA member David Neal, from Bristol, whose 13-year-old daughter Grace was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia by Dyslexia Action, after a long and emotional battle with the education system to get her dyslexia recognised. David said: “The new government legislation has so many changes that it will be easy for a child at school with dyslexia to slip through the net.  The guide produced by Dyslexia Action is like gold dust to any parent wondering how they can ensure that the local authority and the school are providing the appropriate provision for their child. I cannot recommend this guide highly enough. I will be keeping a copy to hand and discussing it with my child’s Special Education Needs Coordinator at every opportunity.”

A parent from Wilmslow whose son is starting secondary school in September wished she had a copy of Dyslexia Action’s new support guide earlier. She said: “I found the leaflet very informative. I wished I had information like this a few years ago as it would have been very helpful when getting support for my son.  The last few pages with links to further information and guidance would have been very useful.” 

Dyslexia Action Chief Executive Kevin Geeson said: “We are delighted to have produced this invaluable and easy-to-read document if it helps to allay parents’ fears concerning the expected changes in special educational needs and reassures them about what the changes will mean for their children in schools.”

To access Dyslexia Action’s ‘How to…Navigate the changes in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision’ Guide click here.