Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years
This statutory code is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to. It explains the duties of schools and colleges to provide:
reasonable adjustments for disabled children and young people
extra aids and services for disabled children and young people
- extra aids and services for disabled children and young people
This code, which applies to England, is for:
headteachers and principals
- governing bodies
- school and college staff
- special educational needs (SEN) coordinators
- early education providers
- health and social services staff
- local authorities
It applies to:
- local-authority-maintained schools
- pupil referral units (PRUs)
- academies and free schools
- non-maintained special schools (special schools not maintained by a local authority)
This document replaces the ‘Special educational needs (SEN): code of practice’ 2001.
We have also published a revised ‘SEN and disability Code of Practice 0 to 25 years’ containing updated guidance on support for children and young people in youth custody.
This will come into effect from 1 April 2015, subject to approval by Parliament. In the meantime you should still follow the July 2014 code.
Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.Find out more about the Department for Education See all Department for Education documents on the gateway