||<p>The arrangements introduced in 2014 through the Children and Families Act for supporting
children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in
schools and further education do not apply to students on a higher education course.
This is because the higher education environment is very different to that in schools
and in further education, with an emphasis on independent learning. The role of local
authorities does not extend to securing higher education for young people with SEND.
Moving into higher education is deemed a successful outcome for those with special
educational needs.</p><p>Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available only to
eligible students studying a designated higher education course. There are no plans
to align the eligibility criteria with those used for providing support in the schools
sector. However, where a young person has an education, health and care plan the local
authority is required to share that information with the DSAs study needs assessor,
if that is requested by the young person.</p><p>This ensures that strategies that
have already been used successfully in earlier stages of education may be considered
within the context of higher education.</p><p> </p>