What are the “Stages of the Code of Practice”?

The stages come from the “Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of SEN”.  The Code is statutory guidance and there is a legal duty upon decision-makers to have regard to it.  The current Code has 5 stages.  However, a new SEN framework, which has 3 stages, is gradually being rolled out by the Department of Education and the Education Authority (EA).

You can find out more about the stages in our SEND Parent / Carer Information Sheet, developed along side Angel Eyes as part of our EqualEyes project.

What is the “Code of Practice”?

The Code of Practice and supplement are booklets containing statutory guidance produced by the Department of Education which contain straightforward guidance about children’s legal rights to have their needs identified, assessed and met using the principle of early intervention. The Code and supplement also include useful practical examples.