SEND policies, procedures and guidance

Document name ​Description
​SEND descriptors​Explaining the special educational provision expected to be made from within a mainstream school’s or early years setting’s budget
​Accessibility strategy (PDF 488KB)​Northamptonshire County Council Accessibility Strategy 2016 to 2019
Home to school transport​Local authority transport and post-16 transport policy
​Toileting guidelines in education (PDF 742KB)​Guidelines for schools and early years settings for children who are in nappies, not yet toilet trained or who have additional medical needs affecting toileting
Joint commissioning strategy (PDF 1.14MB)​​Joint commissioning arrangements with health partners for the education, health and care of children and young people and details the requirements for the planning and delivery of services
​Commissioning strategy - easy read (PDF 492KB)​The above commissioning arrangements in an easy read format
​​Out of cohort policy (PDF 148KB)​Support with educating children out of their year group
SEND code of practice ​National guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people
SEND regulations National guidance about the regulation of SEND support in schools and local authorities
Inspection framework​National framework for the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND

Disabled children and young people

​Document name​Description
DCYPDG strategy 2015-17 (PDF 852KB)Northamptonshire’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Delivery Group - strategy and action plan 2015 to 2017​
​​​DCYPDG terms of reference (PDF 83KB)

​Northamptonshire’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Delivery Group - terms of reference

Short breaks statement (PDF 2.05MB)​Information on the purpose of the statement and the range of short breaks available in Northamptonshire
Short Breaks statement easy read (252KB)​Easy read version of the above document

Children with medical needs

​Document name​Description

​​Medical needs (PDF 118KB)

​Local policy for supporting pupils with medical needs
Supporting schools with pupils' medical condition​National guidance for schools to ensure they fulfil their duty to support children with medical conditions

National templates to help schools support pupils with medical conditions:​

  • Individual healthcare plan 
  • Parental agreement for setting to administer medicine
  • Record of medicine administered to an individual child 
  • Record of medicine administered to all children
  • Staff training record – administration of medicines 
  • Contacting emergency services 
  • Letter inviting parents to contribute to healthcare plan development
Ensuring a good education for children ​National departmental advice for schools to ensure children with health needs who cannot attend school receive a good education
Alternative provision

​National guidance for schools on the use of alternative provision (e.g. education provided in hospital schools, at home)

Education, health and care (EHC) plans

​Document nameDescription
​EHC assessment process (PDF 265KB)​The EHC assessment process in a simple flow chart format
​EHC co-ordinated process (PDF 669KB)​Co-ordinated Assessment and Education, Health and Care plan process in Northamptonshire
​EHC personal budget policy (PDF 259KB)​Policy relating to personal budgets for children and young people with EHC Plans
EHC plan - one page profiles (PDF 1MB)​Overview of one-page-profiles for and how they support the EHC process to build the voice of the child
​All About Me - parents (PDF 2.27MB)​An easy read guide for parents explaining how to complete the All About Me section of the EHC plan
​All About Me - young people(PDF 2MB)​An easy read guide for young people explaining how to complete the All About Me section of the EHC plan

​Transferring to the EHC process ​

​Document name​Description
​​EHC transition plan (PDF 864KB)​How children and young people who already had a statement of SEND or learning difficulty assessment will be transferred to the EHC system
EHC transfer review form (Word 192KB)​Template form for schools to complete EHC transfer form
EHC transfer review form example (PDF 696KB)​Example of EHC transfer form
Decision making EHC meeting (PDF 14KB)​Form to make sure the voice of the child is heard at the EHC transfer meeting

​Children with existing statements of SEN ​

​Document name​Description
​Annual review meeting format (Word 69KB)​Form to be completed at the child's statement of needs annual review meeting
Transition plan - Year 9 onwards (Word 93KB)​Template of young person's transition plan to be completed from year 9 at the annual review meeting

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