These documents are based on the ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years, statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.’ January 2015.

The guidance is intended to be used by schools, AfC officers, health professionals, social care professionals and families. It is a guide to the difficulties and challenges that pupils are likely to be experiencing when identified as needing special educational needs (SEN) support or statutory action (that may lead to an education, health and care plan (EHCP). The aim is to ensure transparency and parity between schools in terms of identification and ensuring clear expectations regarding the support provided at each step. Any specific interventions or assessments named in the guidance are intended as examples rather than as endorsements or requirements. Needs and strategies included in this document are not intended as checklists, but as guidance that can be interpreted flexibly according to the needs of the pupil.

SEN Threshold Guidance - Pupils of school age Year 1 to Year 11 2nd edition (pdf)

SEN Threshold Guidance 2nd edition - summary of changes (pdf)

SEN Threshold guidance for young people aged 16-19+ (opens a pdf)

They should be read alongside the code and other local guidance such as:

Support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (often known as the "Golden Binder)

Guidance on reasonable adjustments

Guidance on making school trips accessible