The Implementation of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs

Felicity Fletcher-Campbell, Barbara Lee, Sandra Jowett, Cathryn Evans

01 May 1996

The Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs has been applicable to schools since September 1994. From that time both LEAs and schools have been developing and extending their policy and practice in order to reflect the requirements of the Code.

The NFER project is investigating the impact of the Code on policy and practice at both LEA and school level and this report covers the first stage of the enquiry.

This interim report draws on data derived from a questionnaire survey of LEAs and follow-up interviews with key LEA staff. It gives details on:

  • LEA documentation;
  • the allocation of resources;
  • LEA training and support;
  • LEA monitoring and evaluation strategies;
  • implications for LEA staffing and procedures.

The emerging issues from this phase of the work are also discussed and reference is made to the areas being investigated in LEA and school-based case studies, as part of the second phase of the project.

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