Counselling Essay

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Special Educational Needs Code of Practice LEAs, Head Teachers and Governors of Schools, early education practitioners and other interested parties. Date of Issue: November 2001 Ref: DfES/581/2001 Related Documents: The Education Act 1996 i Preface From the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the Rt Hon Estelle Morris MP The Government’s education policy is focused on helping all children release their potential. We are committed to developing an education service that provides equality of opportunity and high achievement for all children. This new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice plays an important role in delivering that commitment. It promotes a consistency of approach to meeting children’s special educational needs and places the rights of children with special educational needs at the heart of the process, allowing them to be heard and to take part in decisions about their education. The focus is on preventative work to ensure that children’s special educational needs are identified as quickly as possible and that early action is taken to meet those needs. The Code of Practice sets out a framework for effective school based support with less paper work for teachers and an emphasis on monitoring the progress of children with special educational needs towards identified goals. It covers the special educational needs provisions of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and provides a framework for developing the strong partnerships between parents, schools, Local Education Authorities, health and social services and voluntary organisations that are crucial to success in removing barriers to participation and learning. I am confident that this Code of Practice will build on the success of its predecessor and help us to raise the achievement of all children. Estelle Morris iii Foreword Introduction 1 The SEN

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