Understanding the new DfE Code of Practice

24th October 2013

A series of NIACE seminars will help post-16 providers working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities learn more about the Department for Education’s Code of Practice, which will bring about radical changes in England from September 2014.


The Children and Families Bill, currently before Parliament, will bring about changes to the learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) system in England from September 2014. It will introduce important new responsibilities on further education colleges and approved independent specialist providers (ISP), as part of a new 0 to 25 special educational needs (SEN) system to better support young people with LDD.


NIACE’s seminars – which have been recommended by the Department for Education (DfE) – will give providers the opportunity to understand the new Code of Practice and regulations which underpin the Children and Families Bill, as well as the chance to consider the proposals for moving from the current system to the new one.


The seminars – hosted in partnership with Natspec and Disability Rights UK – will also give participants the chance to discuss prevailing issues with colleagues and to develop informed responses to the DfE’s current consultation, which closes on 9 December 2013.


Alison Boulton, Chief Executive of Natspec, said:


“It is really important for the revised Code to properly reflect the post-16 sector, and therefore vital that those who understand and work in further and adult education inform and influence what it says. We want to make sure that the Code will be meaningful to our sector and enhance post-16 opportunities for young people and adults with learning difficulties or disabilities.”