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Special education provision we expect from places of learning

What schools should do

Places of learning are required to meet the learning needs of every child in their school. This includes those learners identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Mainstream places of learning must:

  • Use their best effort and do everything they can to make sure that a child with SEND gets the support they need
  • Ensure that children and young people with SEND, engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEND
  • Designate a teacher to be responsible for coordinating SEND provision (the SEN coordinator or SENDCo)
  • Identify children and young people with emerging needs at an early stage
  • Make accurate assessments of need and/or barriers to learning
  • Engage other professionals, including speech and language specialists and educational psychologists, to support a child or young person as appropriate
  • Enable access to low-cost resources for children and young people with SEND. For example, technology, writing slopes, pen grips.
  • Provide appropriate SEND training for their staff
  • Tell parent carers either verbally or in writing when they are making special educational provision for a child. Work with them and, where appropriate, children and young people themselves, to develop the right SEN Support. Regularly review this support to check it's working.
  • Write an annual SEN information report, and publish it on their website to explain how they will provide support.