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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire SEND information

Huge changes to SEND services and support for children and young people followed  the Children & Families Act 2014, which came into force in September 2014. The aim of the new law was to join up support across education, health and social care from birth up to the age of 25.

Key changes included bringing in Education, Health and Care Plans - known as EHCPs - to replace Statements of Special Educational Needs. And the introduction of SEN Support in mainstream schools, replacing School Action and School Action Plus programmes. Read more about the reforms.


SEND services and support in Cambridgeshire

Here in Cambridgeshire, the first port of call for support and services for children and young people with SEND is the Local Offer.  All local authorities across the UK must publish health, education and social care services and support information for SEND children and young people.  This must include eligibility criteria.  




Services/support for specific needs in Cambridgeshire

Read the about Cambridgeshire support/services and what to do for the following needs:

*The Peterborough & District Dyslexia Association and Pinpoint were given the opportunity to comment on the guidance but there was not time to consult widely. We had some queries around the status of this document were parents to use it to challenge schools on effective practice. We would be interested to know if you feel your school is following the County's guidance. 

SEN Offer in Cambridgeshire Schools

Every school now has to publish an SEN Information Report outlining what it offers for pupils with additional needs and who the SEN contacts are. Look for this on the website of your child's primary or secondary school.

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