Children and Education

Changes to legislation for young people in England will affect around 25,000 young people and children with a visual impairment, they have to be the right changes.

The Government is reforming support for pupils with special educational needs. This will impact on children and young people with a visual impairment and their families 

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The Department for Education issued the final version of the new SEND code of Practice on 11 June following their recent consultations. The new code will take effect from September 2014. 
 
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson wrote to local authorities, teachers and parents on 8 April outlining what the key changes to the SEND system will mean
 
He announced that from 1 September new requests for an assessment of special educational need will be dealt with under the new system; Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) will replace Statements. From the same date local authorities will be required to develop Local Offers setting out what they expect to be available to support young people with special needs or disabilities.
 
These fundamental changes to support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities will result in many new systems, changed responsibilities and new opportunities for working together. RNIB will be working to provide support and advice to parents, carers and professionals as the Act is implemented. 
 

Is your local authority ready?

From the 1 September, local authorities have to make a number of big changes to how they support children with special educational needs (SEN). But are they ready? And have they considered the needs of children with sight loss?

Write to your local authority