Children and Families Bill 2013 would bring academies into line on SEN

As contemplated by the draft SEN bill published last autumn academies are – it seems – to be brought into line with maintained schools when it comes to SEN: the Secretary of State today (5 February 2013) announced the Children and Families Bill 2013, which includes (with some changes) what was trailed in the draft. Assuming the bill is enacted in this form, then the position for children in academies will finally be the same when it comes to SEN.

  5 comments for “Children and Families Bill 2013 would bring academies into line on SEN

  1. Amanda Elliot
    February 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Five primary schools in Hackney are to become academies – what are the legal and practical implications for children with SEN (statemented or not)? I chair a local parent-carer forum and I would like to be able to explain to members – do we need to be more vigilant or will rights be the same?

  2. DW
    February 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    see the posts under the ‘sen’ section of this blog

  3. Bernadette Keeffe
    February 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I have a general question about Academies and ‘Resource Centres/Units’ within Academies that I can’t quite find the answer for. What is the status of a unit/resource centre designed only for those with ASD, that is in a separate building in the grounds of a mainstream Academy, funded by the LA, but run by the Academy? The building is funded by the LA, annual funding and placements are via the LA and the pupils have to have SSEN to be placed in the unit, but the Academy controls all else including integration into the main school for lessons. Does this make the unit a type of special school (run by the LA) or a mainstream independent Academy and thus bound by the legislation and rules for Academies? If the LA fund the unit pupils and the unit, does this give the pupils the same rights as if they were in a maintained school and ultimately who is accountable for the pupils in the unit?

  4. DW
    March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    It sounds from what you say as though the unit is part of the academy (albeit funded by the LA) but you would need more information (why not just ask them?!). Assuming that is so then the academy would be accountable for the delivery of education. But the LA would retain responsibility through the statements of SEN as they would for any child with a statement, wherever placed.

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