As the Children and Families Bill works its way through Parliament, there are a number of unanswered questions on what future SEN provision will look like. This is particularly true for children who don’t need the new combined education, health and care plan (EHCP), but will still require focused intervention in school. Many of these children are likely to be on School Action or School Action Plus at the moment, both of which are to be abolished. Individual education plans will also go, while the SEN Code of Practice will be revised. This reflects the coalition’s stance that SEN is over identified in schools.
Currently, School Action is used when a child is not making progress at school and there is a need for action to be taken. It can include the involvement of extra teachers and may also require the use of different learning materials, special equipment or a different teaching strategy. School Action Plus is used where School Action has not been able to help the child make adequate progress. The school may seek external advice from appropriate support services, such as a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist or specialist autism advisory service. Provision may also include one-to-one support and the involvement of an educational psychologist.