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SEN Threshold Guidance

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 for use by schools, Achieving for Children, health professionals, social care teams and families. It is a guide to the difficulties and challenges that would lead to a pupil being identified as having special educational needs. The aim is to ensure transparency and consistency between schools when identifying needs. Also, to provide clear expectations about the support provided under SEN Support and an Education, Health and Care Plan. Specific interventions or assessments are examples rather than endorsements or requirements. Needs and strategies in the guidance are not intended as checklists, but guidance used in a flexible way according to the needs of the pupil.‚Äč

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+ (pdf)

They should be read alongside:

Ordinarily Available Provision and the Inclusion Charter and Tookit

Guidance on reasonable adjustments

Guidance on making school trips accessible