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Government Guidance and Legislation

Government Legislation and Guidance

SEND Code of Practice (published Jan 2015)

This statutory code contains:

  • details of legal requirements that schools must follow without exception
  • statutory guidance that schools must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to


It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under the Children and Families Act 2014 | Part 3


The code, which applies to England, is for:

  • headteachers and principals
  • governing bodies
  • school and college staff
  • special educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators
  • early years providers
  • other education settings
  • local authorities
  • health and social services staff


The national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults

The Government launched a new strategy to help autistic people to live more independent and fulfilled lives, they published: The national strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026


The five-year strategy will improve support for autistic adults and children in their daily lives by taking action to:

  • increase awareness of autism in society
  • reduce diagnosis waiting times
  • provide better support from an early age
  • improve access to healthcare
  • support education tailored to the needs of autistic children and young people

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Other SEND guides are also available.

Page last updated: 08/09/23