Consultation on draft SEN Code of Practice

Consultation opened on 30 September 2020. Closing date 02 March 2021.


The focus of this consultation is on the new Code of Practice. A full copy of the consultation document, all the Sections of the Code of Practice, Annexes and Glossary as well as other related documents including a summary guide for parents and young people and an easy read version for younger children are provided below.

The completion of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each child with SEN is a key element of the proposed new SEN Framework. Some samples of PLPs are attached which may help inform your response to the question relating to the new PLP.

For information a copy of the Equality and Human Rights Policy Screening, the Rural Needs Impact Assessment, the Data Protection Impact Assessment and the Privacy Notice associated with this consultation are also available below.

Responses should be submitted to arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday 22 December 2020. EXTENDED UNTIL 5PM ON TUESDAY 2 MARCH 2021.


Consultation description

The Department has been working to develop a new improved and more responsive SEN Framework.  The new SEN Framework is made up 3 elements:


  • The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (the 2016 Act).
  • New SEN Regulations.
  • A new SEN Code of Practice.


This consultation is on the new Code of Practice which translates the new draft SEN law into clear and practical guidance for those involved in identifying and assessing children who have, or may have, SEN and for those who provide special educational provision for children with SEN.  The new draft Regulations are subject to a separate consultation.

We encourage you to submit your views via the green Respond Online button below.

If you are unable to complete the questionnaire via this link a copy of the questions is available as an annex in the consultation document above.  If you would like an electronic version of the questions to complete and return by email then please contact us.  Copies in other formats, including Braille, large print, etc may be made available on request.  Please contact us if you need copies in an alternative format or a language other than English, and we will do our best to assist you. 

Please note that we may publish all responses except for those where the respondent indicates that they are an individual acting in a private capacity (e.g. a member of the public).  All responses from organisations and individuals responding in a professional capacity will be published.  We will remove email addresses and telephone numbers from these responses; but apart from this, we will publish them in full. 

What Happens Next

The responses to this consultation will be analysed and a summary report of responses received will be made available on the Department’s website in due course. 

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