The Equality Act 2010 states that local authorities must publish an accessibility strategy. The Essex Schools Accessibility Strategy is for all schools that Essex County Council has responsibility for, as well as parents and carers of disabled pupils. It sets out how Essex County Council plans to increase:
- the extent to which pupils with a disability can participate in the school’s curriculum
- improving the physical environment of the schools
- improving the delivery of information to pupils and their parents/carers
The Essex Children and Young People’s Plan sets out what needs to happen to help make Essex a great place for all children and young people to grow, develop and thrive. Children, young people, parents, carers and staff from organisations across Essex jointly produced the plan.
This document describes Essex County Council’s five year policy for young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disability (SEND).
The SEND Code of Practice explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. The code is for:
- headteachers and principals
- governing bodies
- school and college staff
- special educational needs (SEN) coordinators
- early education providers
- local authorities
- health and social services staff
For parents, it shows you what support you can expect your child to receive, and who is accountable for delivering it.