Over the course of 2018 work has been undertaken in Northumberland with the purpose of further improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This work has focused on developing systems, processes and transparent communication. It has involved discussion at all levels and within working parties made up of representatives from our parent carer forum (In It Together), schools and settings, along with local authority education and social care teams and health teams. As you will be aware, new guidance on the graduated approach to meeting special educational needs has been co-produced for parents, schools and settings, and the Northumberland Local Offer website is currently under review.
The Code of Practice 2015 makes it very clear that early years providers, schools and post 16 providers must all have arrangements in place to support children and young people with SEN or disabilities, and must make reasonable adjustments to prevent these children and young people being put at a substantial disadvantage. This means that all providers as listed above should offer an inclusive approach to teaching and learning with high quality teaching differentiated for all levels.
This new guidance ‘Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities 0-19‘ presents how the underlying principles for inclusion and messages around equal access for our learners should look in practice in educational settings. It can also be found on the Local Offer ‘Education and Schools’ page.