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Government Legislation and DfE Code of Practice

Institutions on the approved list of specialist providers (as they should under section 41 of the Act). The list is now published on GOV.UK at Section-41-secretary-of-state-approved-list, and is updated monthly.

The DfE have issued some guides to the Code of Practice for schools, FE providers and social care professionals which you can access from here:

Policy paper: SEND: supporting local and national accountability

25 March, 2015 at 09:30am 

Plans to support long-term local and national accountability for special educational needs and disability (SEND). 


Correspondence: SEND reforms: Edward Timpson letter

25 March, 2015 at 09:31am 

Edward Timpson sets out details of 3 developments about special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms. 


Guidance: Section 41 Secretary of State approved list

25 March, 2015 at 09:50am 

[Updated: Information about the application process]

Secretary of State approved institutions who have successfully completed the Section 41 (Children and Families Act 2014) application process. 


Form: Academy model memorandum and articles of association

25 March, 2015 at 10:28am 

[Updated: Added 'Academy articles of association: model 2'.]

Memorandum and articles of association to be completed by academy trusts to enter into funding agreements with the Secretary of State.


Guidance: Mental health and behaviour in schools

25 March, 2015 at 11:00am 

[Updated: Advice reviewed to ensure web links and references are up-to-date. It also includes information on new policies such as the SEND code of practice and advice on school counselling.]

How to identify and support those pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs. 


Press release: Pupil Premium Awards 2015 winners congratulated

25 March, 2015 at 12:04pm 

Academy wins 250,000 for work to raise the attainment of its disadvantaged pupils 


Press release: New action plan to tackle mental health stigma in schools

25 March, 2015 at 12:15pm 

Schools across the country are to receive new advice to improve teaching about mental health and tackle stigma in schools.


Guidance: Supporting Children with special educational and complex needs for Health and Well Being Boards

Department of Health - September 2014 

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new statutory requirement for local services to work together when providing care and support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new requirement, ensuring that local services are fulfilling their role and that children are getting the care they need.