Terminology

Unfamiliar terms and words often appear in reports on assessments and in conversations with professionals. Parents may be unsure of their meaning and the implications they have for their child – here are some of the words/phrases you may encounter.

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There are 3 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Children & Families Act
The Children and Families Act is the law the government has introduced to take forward its plans for improving services for vulnerable children and children and young people, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families in England.

Chronological age
This is a child’s age at the time of testing. This might be described, for example, as ‘2 years, 10 months’ or ‘2;10 years’.

Code of practice
The code of practice describes the standards of conduct and good practice which are recognised and approved by the government in the area of special educational needs and disability. Here is the link to the most current version of the code of practice, whilst it is long it does contain all the information you need to understand what your child/young person should be entitled to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25


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