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How does existing legislation affect your school? (1)
Legislative definition in an English

This module has outlined some of the key legislation relating to children/young people with special educational needs/disabilities. Headteachers and other senior staff need a much broader understanding of the law. However, within the confines of this module, it has not been possible to cover every area.

Make a list of areas of the law that are applicable to special schools. You may need to discuss this with the headteacher or other senior staff or with the relevant member of your
governing body.

For each area, note down the key things you need to consider. Where there are gaps in your knowledge, take steps to fill them.

Some areas are dealt with in other modules in these resources.

How does existing legislation affect your school? (2)
Legislation definition in an English

You may have listed the following. Laws relating to:

  • Safeguarding/child protection;
  • Health and safety;
  • The use of reasonable force; and
  • Duty of care.

Stay abreast of
the law

The legislation outlined in this module was current at the time this website training programme was produced (February 2012; updated 2015) but, as you have seen, the legal context changes over time. It is important to keep up to date.

Consider how you will keep up to
date with this complex area. Most schools subscribe to services that update them provided by local authorities, professional associations, trades unions or companies. Find out how your management team and governing body keep abreast of
new developments.