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The final statutory guidance on the transition to the new 0-25 special educational needs and disability (SEND) system has now been published. The guidance covers how legislation relating to children and young people with SEND will operate, and how and when the new system will be made available to all children with SEND.

The guidance is substantially the same as that included with the July Implementation Pack to local authorities but changes have been made, in particular, to:

  • confine the requirements on local authorities in 2014/15 to securing Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments for children with statements to those in Year 11 who are transferring to post-16 institutions (and for children and young people with non-statutory EHC plans who do not have statements);
  • provide for parents and young people to be invited to a meeting when an EHC needs assessment is being undertaken to consider the transfer of a child or young person from a statement to an EHC plan; and

It also includes guidance for education settings on making the transition from Early Years Action/Early Years Action Plus and School Action/School Action Plus to SEN support for those without statements or Education, Health and Care plans.