Below are key policy and guidance documents about education
issues for disabled children and young people in transition to
Good practice guidelines: education for children and young
people with Down syndrome
On 20th December 2012, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Down
Syndrome (APPG-DS) published a report presenting good practice
guidelines for the education of children and young people with Down
Academies and funding for SEN specialist
The Government have announced it will exempt local authority
expenditure in relation to SEN services from the academy recoupment
process for 2012-13.
Learning Difficulty Assessments guidance
for local authorities
On 13 February 2012 the Department for Education (DfE) published
new guidance on Learning Difficulty Assessments.
Positive for Youth: A new approach to
cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to 19
The Department for Education has published a new set of documents
describing all of the Government's policies for young people aged
13 to 19 in England, within the context of a vision for a society
which will enable all young people to succeed.
Raising the participation age
The Education and Skills Act 2008 increases the minimum age at
which young people in England can leave learning, requiring them to
continue in education or training until the end of the academic
year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday
New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education
On 16 November 2010 the Government
published two documents which set out a radical new strategy for
further education and skills, Skills for Sustainable
Growth and Investing in Skills for Sustainable
Growth. New Challenges, New Chances contains
proposals to take this strategy a stage further. All consultations
closed on Friday 21 October 2011. The Government response was
published on 1 December 2011.
Support and aspiration: A new approach to
special educational needs and disability
On 9 March 2011 the Department for Education released its Green
Paper on SEN and Disability entitled "Support and Aspiration: A new
approach to special educational needs and disability."
Equality Act 2010
It is unlawful for schools and other
education providers to discriminate against disabled pupils,
students and adult learners. Find out how the Equality Act 2010 has
increased protection for disabled learners against unfair
Equality Act: Guidance for education providers: Further and Higher
This guide from the Equality and Human Rights
Commission summarises what Further and Higher Education Providers
need to do avoid discriminating under the Equality Act 2010.
Foundation Learning is the national
suite of learning for 14-19s at Entry Level or Level 1. Learners
follow personalised programmes tailored to their individual needs
and aspirations. A more personalised approach encourages learners
to build confidence and fulfil their own potential.
Achievement previously classed as ‘pre-entry’ can be captured in
Entry Level 1. This will particularly benefit learners with special
educational needs or learning difficulties and disabilities.
Statutory Guidance: Arrangements for 16-19 Funding of Education and
The Young People's Learning Agency
(YPLA) has produced this guidance to describe and outline
the system for funding 16-19 education and training provision for
the 2011/12 academic year.
Supporting young people with learning difficulties to participate
and progress - incorporating guidance on Learning Difficulty
This document, by the Department for
Education, is statutory guidance for the assessment of the
needs of young people with learning difficulties as they move into
further education. The guidance outlines a holistic and
person-centred process. It states:
“Learning Difficulty Assessments should have a person centred
approach focusing on Progression.”
In order to be person centred, a learning difficulty assessment
should build on the transition review process. Hence the guidance
“The Learning Difficulty Assessment should be the culmination of
an on-going process of assessment and reviews. The Learning
Difficulty Assessment is designed to update, add to and build on
previous assessments and interventions taking account of changing
needs and circumstances – it should not duplicate them or be viewed
as a separate, one-off event.”
The Importance of Teaching - The Schools White Paper
The Schools White Paper sets out how the government
intends to reform schools.
Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and
Learning Act 2009
An Act to make provision about
apprenticeships, education, training and children’s services.
Includes provision for learners with learning difficulities and
transport issues for disabled young people.
High for Disabled Children (AHDC): Better support for
AHDC was launched in May 2007, and was the transformation programme
for disabled children's services. AHDC was jointly delivered by the
Department for Education and the Department of Health.
Implementing the Disability Discrimination Act in schools and early
This resource pack includes: an interactive
template and framework, resources to support access plans and
strategies and early years access planning, training materials to
support all sections of the resource, and background information to
the projects which developed the resource. This resource pack also
provides a guide to the duties in the Disability Discrimination Act
(DDA). This includes an account of how the DDA duties fit with the
SEN duties and the planning duties and it provides more detail on
the definition of disability used in the DDA.
Learning for Living and Work: Improving Education and Training
Opportunities for People with Learning Difficulties and/or
The national strategy for Learning and Skills
Council (LSC) funded provision for learners with learning
difficulties and/or disabilities across the further education
system from 2006/07 to 2009/10. This document sets out
the LSC’s vision for provision for learners with learning
difficulties and/or disabilities, and how the further education
system should respond to meet that vision.
Higher standards, better schools for all: More choice for parents
and pupils - Schools White Paper summary
This White Paper,
published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families,
sets out the governement's plans to "radically improve the system;
putting parents and the needs of their children at the heart of our
schools, freeing up schools to innovate and succeed, and bringing
in new dynamism and new providers".
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice
SEN Code of Practice provides practical advice to Local Education
Authorities, maintained schools, early education settings and
others on carrying out their statutory duties to identify, assess
and make provision for children’s special educational needs.
Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA)
SENDA establishes legal rights for disabled students in pre- and
post-16 education. The Act introduces the right for disabled
students not to be discriminated against in education, training and
any services provided wholly or mainly for students, and for those
enrolled on courses provided by 'responsible bodies', including
further and higher education institutions and sixth form colleges.
Student services covered by the Act can include a wide range of
educational and non-educational services, such as field trips,
examinations and assessments, short courses, arrangements for work
placements and libraries and learning resources.
Education Act 1996
statutory information on the provision of school education for
children with SEN.
(This page was last updated on 9 May 2011)