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Keeping up? The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and safeguarding

Partly for my own CPDdefinition and partly  to inform the safeguarding work we are doing at NIACEdefinition, yesterday saw me struggling with train cancellations as I made my way to Birmingham to join colleagues at the

 ‘ Understanding the new DfEdefinition Code of Practice for post -16 provides working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities’ event. 


Sorry about the title - very wordy and a bit off-putting I know, but as I learned during the day it's actually important stuff with many implications for education and training in the future.


The government consultation on the Code is out now - and closes on 9 December 2013 - then the bill is expected to be enacted next year and is the biggest change for the last 30 years and means we will have a single holistic system across the schools/FEdefinition divide and means that young people (19-25) will have greater rights and protections in future.


Alison Boulton, Chief Executive of Natspec chaired and Caroline Bicknell, from the Department.gave the keynote. They have worked hard on the new Code of Practice and now we can have our say via  the consultation exercise<.  It ends on the 8th December 2013.


This is one of 3 of these events that NIACE organised this week. The second was in Manchester yesterday and the final one is in London today.