SEND policies, procedures and guidance

Document or webpage name ​Description
File Download - SEND Strategy (PDF 743KB)SEND Strategy (PDF 743KB)​The Northamptonshire SEND Strategy for 2017 to 2020 that sets out how children and young people can achieve the best possible outcomes which enable them to fulfil their true potential and participate fully in wider society.
File Download - SEND delivery plan (PDF 528KB)SEND delivery plan(PDF 528KB)​The delivery plan updated in April 2019
​SEND descriptors​Explaining the special educational provision expected to be made from within a mainstream school’s or early years setting’s budget.
File Download - ​Accessibility strategy (PDF 488KB)​Schools accessibility strategy (PDF 488KB)​Northamptonshire County Council Schools Accessibility Strategy 2016 to 2019.
This will not be updated until the unitary authorities are formed in 2021
Home to school transport​Local authority transport and post-16 transport policy.
File Download - ​Toileting guidelines in education (PDF 742KB)​Toileting guidelines in education (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 affecting toileting.
​​File Download - Out of cohort policy (PDF 148KB)Out of cohort policy (PDF 148KB)​Support with educating children out of their year group.
SEND code of practice​National guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people.
SEND regulationsNational guidance about the regulation of SEND support in schools and local authorities.
Inspection framework​National framework for the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND.
SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years​Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014 updated - May 2015.

Disabled children and young people

​Document name​Description
​​File Download - ​DCYPDG terms of reference (PDF 83KB)​DCYPDG terms of reference (PDF 83KB)

​Northamptonshire’s Disabled Children and Young People’s Delivery Group - terms of reference - May 2015
This will not be updated until the unitary authorities are in place in 2021.

​Short breaks statement This document is currently under review by the Commissioning Service.
​Information on the purpose of the statement and the range of short breaks available in Northamptonshire
​Short Breaks statement easy read​Easy read version of the above document

Children with medical needs

​Document name​Description

​​File Download - Medical needs (PDF 131KB)Medical needs (PDF 131KB)

​Local policy "Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs". Last updated in 2020.
Supporting pupils with medical conditions in school​National guidance for schools to ensure they fulfil their duty to support children with medical conditions.

National templates to help schools support pupils with medical conditions:​

  • individual healthcare plan
  • parental agreement for setting to administer medicine
  • record of medicine administered to an individual child
  • record of medicine administered to all children
  • staff training record – administration of medicines
  • contacting emergency services
  • letter inviting parents to contribute to healthcare plan development
Ensuring a good education for children ​National departmental advice for schools to ensure children with health needs who cannot attend school receive a good education.
Alternative provision

​National guidance for schools on the use of alternative provision (e.g. education provided in hospital schools, at home).

Education, health and care (EHC) plans

​Document nameDescription
File Download - ​EHC assessment process (PDF 265KB)​EHC assessment process (PDF 265KB)​The EHC assessment process in a simple flow chart format.
​EHC co-ordinated process (PDF 669KB)​Co-ordinated Assessment and Education, Health and Care plan process in Northamptonshire.
File Download - EHC personal budget policy (PDF 403KB)EHC personal budget policy (PDF 403KB)​Policy relating to personal budgets for children and young people with EHC Plans.
File Download - EHC plan - one page profiles (PDF 1MB)EHC plan - one page profiles (PDF 1MB)​Overview of one-page-profiles for and how they support the EHC process to build the voice of the child.
File Download - All About Me - parents (PDF 2.27MB)All About Me - parents (PDF 2.27MB)​A guide for parents explaining how to complete the All About Me section of the EHC plan. (This is also available in Easy Read if needed).
File Download - ​All About Me - parents (PDF 2MB)​All About Me - parents (PDF 2MB)​An Easy Read guide for parents explaining how to complete the All About Me section of the EHC plan.
File Download - All About Me - young people (PDF 2MB)All About Me - young people (PDF 2MB)​An easy read guide for young people explaining how to complete the All About Me section of the EHC plan.

​Multi-agency policies

​Document name​Description
Transforming Care​Information about the Care and Treatment Review in Northamptonshire. Easy read guides have been created to help share the information.
Northamptonshire's Sustainability and Transformation Plan ​The Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)2016 to 2021 sets out how health and social care in our county will change.
Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership

The Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has changed its name to Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership.

The NHS and local councils are developing and implementing shared proposals to improve health and care in every part of England.

Futures In Mind Transformation This sets out the five-year Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan for Northamptonshire as part of the Local Transformation Plan provided by the NHS.