Response from SENdac to the Consultation on the 'New Code'

SENDac has written its response to the consultation on the new Code of Practice for SEND: this can be found through this link.

The Special Educational Consortium has responded to the consultation also. This response has been endorsed by SENDac and is linked here.

The Council for Disabled Children has also submitted a response. The draft of this can be found in this link.

Latest News

Updated information for members

A report on the work of SENDac has been completed and will be circulated to members with the annual membership letter.

The action behind the web-site

The web site is not in regular and current use. However, the membership continues to exchange information by e-mail and through the database. Details of the current organisation and future actions proposed by the executive following a meeting at the end of May will be published here.

Membership Form 2015-16

Membership Form

Membership subscriptions are now due for 2015-16.  New Members can join SENDAC by completing the form and returning it to the Membership Secretary.

Next Phase of Pathfinders announced

Further details are now available locally about the next stage of the use of pathfinder champions in the developments towards delivering the Children and Families Bill. See your local Pathfinder Champion information streams for details. 

Children and Families Bill Gains Royal Assent

The Children and Families Bill has now gained Royal assent and become an Act.

This is a long awaited step in bringing to fruition the changes outlined in the Green Paper of March 2011.

We now await with interest the publication of the SEN Code of Practice.

Read the DofE press release

Seminar in Sheffield

SENDAC will be holding a Seminar facilitated by Peter Gray on the 17th May 2014 at Sheffield Hallam University, please put the date in your diary, more details to follow.

Code of Practice Review - SENDac response

SENDac has written its response to the consultation on the new Code of Practice for SEND: this can be found through this link.

Current Council Activity

The Special Education Consortium (SEC) held a Parliamentary reception on Monday 4th November 2013 to mark its 21st anniversary.

SENDAC Vice President - Niki Elliot - Chair Elect of Special Education Consortium

SENDAC are delighted to announce that Niki Elliot our Vice President is Chair Elect of the Special Education Consortium, Congratulations Niki

Annual General Meeting 24th October 8.30pm

The 2013 AGM ill take place by Conference Call on the 24th October 2013 at 8.30.  Papers are being posted on the member area of the website.

Primary Assessment Consultation

Consultation on Primary Assessment closes on Oct 11

Draft Code of Practice and Regulations Published

On the 4th October 2013 the Govennment released the draft New Code of Practice for SEN, the consultation runs to the 9th December 2013, full details can be found at:


Indicative Code of Practice available

The Indicative  Code of practice is now available on the government web site in anticipation of its  discussion by Parliament in the context of the Children and Families Bill. You can reach it from this link.


Making a Statement : Report from Institute of Education

The research project by Roy Webster and Peter Blatchford has now been published. It is a study of the teaching and support experienced by pupils with a statement of special educational needs in primary schools. 

Conference Notes

The powerpoint pages and other papers associated with the 2012 conference are now available in the Members' Area of the site.

Draft of the submission to Select Committee (SEN) 2012 by SEC and EDCM

Draft legislation on Reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs

Evidence from the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign and the Special Educational Consortium

About us

KIDS provides free training resources to support Inclusion

The KIDS charity, which arose from the "Delivering Inclusion' projects supported by the D of E, have launched a new eLearning package for schools. This is aimed at ensuring an inclusive welcome to all disabled children regardless of their impairment. Details can be found by following the KIDS Link here.

Recent publications

The following recent publications are of interest in setting the context for current changes in response to special educational needs in school.

Progress with National Curriculum Reforms:

a useful link for information

Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability. Progress and next steps