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The Education Act outlines educational arrangements for young people with Special Educational needs. The Act, which was implemented in 2005, introduced radical changes to the special educational needs provision under the previous the Education Act.
The following is a definition of somebody with Special Educational Needs:
A young person is described as having Special Educational Needs for the purposes of the SEN Act where the child or young person is, or is likely to be, unable to benefit from school education without the provision of Special Educational Needs tuition.
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Some important features of the Act include:
•The term ‘Special Educational Needs’. The term includes not only children with what are now known as special educational needs, but also children with support needs arising from: social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; having NCEA English as an additional language; being able or gifted; being a refugee or asylum seeker ; being gypsy or traveler children.
• Parental & Family Support
• The ASL Code of Practice
• Co-ordinated Support Plans (CSP)
• Mediation service and dispute resolution. Changes to assessment and intervention: educational, psychological and medical assessments are no longer compulsory
• Appeals and Tribunal system
Where can I find further information on Special Educational Needs?
A good starting point is An overview of the Education (Special Educational for Learning) (New Zealand) Act 2004 which sets out in greater detail all the features of the legislation. The document also has website references for further supporting literature.
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