The Special needs Jungle is a parent-led resource offering information and informed opinion about children and young people with SEN.
- See: EHC checklist EHC assessment
- Their SEND Info menu, at top of screen, offers more detail about Special Educational Needs. Hover over it to see what is there.
- Education may be linked to health these days. See their Health menu.
- Research shows that girls with ADHD miss out on school support. See: article
- See: Legal FAQ – select topic icons. It links to IPSEA, which has some quick guides.new
- Also, how are the SEN & Disability reforms of 2014 going? See our Education News page.
There are several sources of what could be called official guidance, including Lincolnshire council and the NHS. They tell you what is what. Look out for Liaise too, they work at arm’s length from the council. Click icon to browse.
Ambitious about autism has produced a toolkit called Right from the start to take parents of small children through their autism journey up to the age of 4 or 5, when they start school. Click icon to find out more.
Contact has a cluster of pages that cover Education health and care (EHC) plans for when more help than mainstream settings normally provide is required. They set out the essentials clearly. Click icon to browse. Choose from pages in in the margin.
A parent can make a formal request for an EHC assessment. See: new
The National Autistic Society provides a considered view with some extra insights. Its EHC guidance is part of their Extra help at school section. Click icon for the EHC assessments page.
They also have a tab along the top for EHC plans. An EHC plan sets out how a particular child or young person should receive support for their special educational needs (SEN) at school or college..
ACE Education provides independent information for parents on education issues in England. Click icon for an introduction to Special Educational Needs and related issues. See also home parents – for more educational issues.
The Challenging behaviour foundation offers a guide to getting an EHC plan for children with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. Team around the child offers a guide to families of children with complex needs and the professionals who care for them. Click icon to find out more.
SEND code of practice
The SEND code of practice lays out the statutory guidance for organisations such as schools who work with children who have Special Educational Needs. It is a long reference document so be selective when browsing.
Liase talks about it as the parent’s bible for SEND meetings.
- Chapter 6 – This chapter applies mostly to mainstream schools. (Page 91) Liase says to print this chapter and use highlighters and a pencil to note each paragraph for use at your SEN meeting at school.
- Chapter 9 – This chapter covers all the key stages in statutory assessment and planning and preparing the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
Click icon to view. Alternatively, see publication webpage.
See publication webpage. A PC enables you to browse the code of practice.