Codes of practice, policies and guidance​

SEND codes of practice and guides

The SEND codes of practice give you all the information that you need to know about the special education needs and disability system. 

The guides are designed to support special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and other professionals in meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). There is also a guide for parents and  carers.

Schools' SEND information reports

All schools have to provide information about how they support pupils with SEND

SEND legislation and guidance

These are the laws that tell us how to deliver SEND services and the guidance on how to follow those laws.

Social care legislation

Health legislation

SEND Ofsted inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect councils to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

SEND Tribunal national trial for single route of redress

What is the national trial?

In 2018, the government gave SEND Tribunals the power to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of education, health and care plans (EHCPs). At first this was part of a 2 year trial that was meant to end in August 2020. Due to COVID, the government extended the trial until 31 August 2021.

Ministerial decision on the outcome of the National Trial

On 20 July 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that those extended powers should continue. If you want to know more about the trial, follow the path below.