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Government reports

SEND: The schools and colleges experience; A report to the Secretary of State for Education

Author: Lee Scott

Publication date: November 2016 

Children and Families Act, 2014
Author: Department of Education
Publication date: 13 March 2014
Related publications:

  • Easy-read/young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act (2014):
  • Children and Families Act 2014 Part 3 by the Council for Disabled Children highlights and explains the most significant requirements of the new legislation relating to those with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 0-25 Years (2015)
Author: Department of Education
Publication date: January 2015
Details legal requirements in SEND provision which schools and local authorities must follow.
Related publications:

  • Dyslexia Action’s: ‘How to navigate the changes in special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision’ guide for parents and carers supporting children affected by literacy difficulties including dyslexia.
  • Department for Education’s: ‘Special educational needs and disability guide for parents and carers’ covers the law, places to go for help and further information. Also useful for staff in schools and colleges, early years education settings and other stakeholders who advise and support the parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
  • Dyslexia Guidance supporting schools and local authorities to implement the SEND reforms for children and young people with literacy and specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.

Letter from Edward Timpson on the SEND developments
Author: Department of Education
Publication date: 7 April 2015
Edward Timpson MP and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families published a letter about the developments of Special Educational Needs six months after implementation of the Children and Families Act (2014). He highlights 3 developments: 

1.    Supported internships and employment for young people with SEND
2.    Support Offer
3.    Accountability arrangements

Guidance on DSA regulations
Author: Student Finance England
Publication date: March 2015
Students may be eligible for DSAs if they have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.  Students with specific learning difficulties should provide a full diagnostic report, carried out after the age of 16, by a practitioner psychologist or a suitably qualified specialist teacher holding a current Assessment Practicing Certificate. 
Related publications from Disability Rights UK:

  • For continuing students: Revised guidance on legislation and applications for the 2015/16 for continuing DSA students.
  • For new DSA students: Guidance for the 2015/16 Academic Year. This chapter contains guidance on DSA legislation and the administration of new DSA applications.

Reports related to dyslexia and literacy

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? The effectiveness of intervention schemes Fifth edition
Author: Greg Brooks
Publication date: March 2016

Dyslexia and literacy difficulties: policy and practice review (2013). A Consensus Call for Action: Why, What and How?’
Author: Dyslexia Action
Publication date: 15 October 2013

Dyslexia Still Matters Report
Author: Dyslexia Action
Publication date: June 2012

Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties; An independent report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 
Author: Sir Jim Rose
Publication date: June 2009

Youth Literacy and Employability Commission. The report of the All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group.
Author:  Nick Taylor, Public Sector Education Consultant, KPMG.
Publication date: June 2012

The Driver Youth Trust commissioned LKMco to undertake research into the impact the Children and Families Act (2014) has had on those with Special Educational Needs and Disability in the education system, one year on.  The result is the report ‘Joining the Dots’ which looks at the effect of the reforms in their first year.

Other reports and publications: 

Did you know?

With one in 10 of the population estimated to have dyslexia, more than 6.3 million people in the UK are potentially affected by dyslexia.         

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