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Support for children with special educational needs

As of September 2014, new government reforms have made major changes in the way children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported. These include:

More information on SEN and new legislation:


  • 0-25 - Young people up to the age of 25 are now included in Special Educational Needs (SEN) support
  • Preparing for adulthood - Medway has a specific task group looking at how it supports young people for adulthood, and has commissioned support from the National Development Team for Inclusion to help us with this
  • EHC plans - These will replace SEN statements and Learning Disability Assessments (LDA)
  • Transfer action plan - Medway has approximately 1,400 children and young people with an SEN statement. Existing statements will remain active until all children and young people have been transferred to an EHC plan.
  • Personal budgets - Young people and parents will have the right to ask for a personal budget for some parts of the plan. However, personal budgets will not be suitable or available for everyone.

General information for parents/carers and professionals

Download the 'Medway SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2016-2020' booklet (pdf 326kb). It contains details of Medway's Aims, Strategic Priorities and Action Plan up to 2020.

Further information for schools

Download the 'Everybody Included: SEND Code of Practice explained' booklet (pdf 10MB). It contains audit tools and action plans for schools as well as explaining what schools could and should be doing.