SEND policies, procedures and guidance

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​​CQC and Ofsted - Local Area SEND Inspection Framework
​The framework for the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.
File Download - SEND delivery plan (PDF 528KB)SEND delivery plan (PDF 528KB)

The delivery plan updated in April 2019
File Download - NCC - Home to School Education Transport Policy: Sep 2019 to Jul 2020 Northamptonshire Schools Accessibility Strategy (PDF 488KB)Summarises the strategy for accessibility in schools that are maintained by the Local Authority. This document will be updated when the unitary authorities are formed in 2021.
SEND Descriptors
The SEND Descriptor documents outline the support that education settings should provide for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.
Summer Born Children: Delaying Entry to Reception by a Full Year
​Guidance for parents who wish to defer the start of their child's education (sometimes referred to as 'out of cohort' arrangements).
File Download - NCC - Home to School Education Transport Policy: Sep 2019 to Jul 2020Toileting Guidelines for Early Years Settings and Schools (PDF 742KB)
Guidelines for schools and early years settings for children who are in nappies, not yet toilet trained, or who have additional medical needs that affect toileting.
​​The Children and Families Act 2014
A wide-ranging Act of Parliament designed to fully reform services for vulnerable children by granting them greater protection and by helping families as a whole.
The SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years
Statutory ​guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
​Statutory guidance on the regulation of SEND support in schools and local authorities.

Disabled children and young people

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File Download - Northamptonshire Disabled Children and Young People’s Delivery Group (DCYPDG) - Terms of ReferenceNorthamptonshire Disabled Children and Young People’s Delivery Group (DCYPDG) - Terms of Reference (PDF 190KB) 

​ Outlines the DCYPDG's governance and objectives. This document will be updated when the unitary authorities are formed in 2021.

Children with medical needs

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​DfE - ​Alternative Provision​Statutory guidance for local authorities, as well as headteachers and governing bodies of settings providing alternative provision.
DfE - Education for Children with Health Needs Who Cannot Attend School​Statutory guidance for local authorities and departmental advice for others ensuring children with health needs receive education.
​DfE - Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions at School​Statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.
File Download - ​DfE -Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions: Templates​DfE -Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions: Templates (Word 120KB)
​Templates of forms that schools can use to support pupils with medical conditions.

Education, health and care (EHC) plans

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File Download - NCC  - Co-ordinated Assessment and EHC Plan Process NorthamptonshireNCC - Co-ordinated Assessment and EHC Plan Process Northamptonshire (PDF 607KB)
​Describes each stage of the EHC Plan process in Northamptonshire.
File Download - NCC - Completing the ‘All About Me’ Section of EHC Plans: A Parents' GuideNCC - Completing the ‘All About Me’ Section of EHC Plans: A Parents' Guide (PDF 449KB)
​In-depth guidance on completing Section A of an EHC Plan.
File Download - NCC - EHC Assessment ProcessNCC - EHC Assessment Process (PDF 608KB)
​Explains the EHC  assessment process in Northamptonshire.
File Download - NCC - EHC Process Guide for Young PeopleNCC - EHC Process Guide for Young People (PDF 474KB)
​Explains each stage of the EHC Plan assessment process in the form of a flowchart. Suitable for young people.
File Download - NCC - One Page Profiles and EHC Assessments and PlansNCC - One Page Profiles and EHC Assessments and Plans (PDF 1.68MB)
​Describes one-page profiles, and how they help with RSAs and EHC assessments.
File Download - Personal Budgets for EHC Plans - North Northamptonshire (PDF608KBPersonal Budgets for EHC Plans - North Northamptonshire (PDF608KB)
​Explains the role of Personal Budgets and Direct Payments in EHC Plans - North Northamptonshire
File Download - ​Personal Budgets for EHC Plans - West Northamptonshire (PDF608KB)​Personal Budgets for EHC Plans - West Northamptonshire (PDF608KB)
Explains the role of Personal Budgets and Direct Payments in EHC Plans - West Northamptonshire
File Download - NCC - Personal Budgets Policy for Children with Special Educational Needs and DisabilitiesNCC - Personal Budgets Policy for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (PDF 424KB)
​Outlines the Local Authority's policy on Personal Budgets for children with SEND.
File Download - ​NCC - Terms of Reference for RSA and EHC Decision Panels​NCC - Terms of Reference for RSA and EHC Decision Panels (PDF 437KB)
​Outlines the terms of reference for the Local Authority's weekly RSA and EHC decision panels (sometimes referred to as SEND panels).

​Multi-agency initiatives

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File Download - ​NCC and NHS - Northamptonshire Future in Mind Plan 2019-2021​NCC and NHS - Northamptonshire Future in Mind Plan 2019-2021 (PDF 2.79MB)
'Future in Mind' is a five-year plan to improve mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people. This document is a refreshed version of the original Local Transformation Plan (LTP). It covers the final year of the programme.
​Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP)​NHS organisations and local councils have joined forces to improve healthcare and social care services. Please note: The NHCP was formerly known as the Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board - Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)​The JSNA is a process that looks at the current (and future) health, care, and wellbeing needs of Northamptonshire residents. It informs and guides the planning and commissioning of health, wellbeing, and social care services.
​Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership (TCP)

​CCGs, special commissioners, and local authorities have teamed up to improve health, social care, and education services for children and young people with learning disabilities, autism, or both.