The Act sees a radical overhaul of the system for assessing and determining the right school and support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disability. It extends the system to include all young people up to the age of 25 and gives children, young people and their parents, greater control and choice in decisions while ensuring that their needs are properly met and there is a clear focus on outcomes.
Putting children and young people at the heart
At the heart of the system is an expectation that children and young people are at the centre of everything. From September 2014, every authority will publish a Local Offer describing what services and provision children and young people with SEN and disabilities can expect to find in their area, how they can access them and any threshold criteria that apply. Those with the most significant needs may have an Education, Health and Care Plan. This will result from a co-ordinated assessment by all agencies and will describe outcomes and provision in all areas. Under the Act, families will also be able to request personal budgets to cover some support across education, health and care. Parents and carers are more closely involved in terms of decisions for their own children and as equal partners in the development of the new ways of working.
Progress in Milton Keynes
In Milton Keynes implementation is being managed by a Programme Board, with working groups that cover:
- The Local Offer
- The Educational Health Plan and Transition into Adulthood
- Personal Budgets
The working groups comprise of representatives including parents and carers, schools, the local authority, health, and the Parent Partnership Service.
How to get involved
There are a range of opportunities for parents, carers and young people to get invoved and have their say. To find out more please get in touch with any of the contacts below:
Email Caroline Marriott, Head of SEN and Disability
PACA MK, parent carer forum T: 01908 257828 or visit
Email MK Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service, MK SEND IAS
Last Updated: 2 December 2019