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Special educational provision we expect

We are required to clearly set out what special educational provision and training we expect schools, early years settings and post-16 providers to offer. This is to provide a shared understanding between parent carers, educational settings and us.

SEN Support guidance

SEN Support Guidance: Provision expected at SEN Support (pdf)

SEN Support Guidance - condensed version (pdf)

Our guidance document makes clear:

  • What special educational need (SEN) support we expect educational settings to provide for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) 
  • What parent carers can expect their child’s setting to provide

SEN Support in schools - what is required

Educational settings are required to meet the learning needs of every child in their school. This includes those learners identified as having a SEN or those who are disabled (D). Mainstream schools must:

  • Use their best efforts to make sure that a child and/or young person with SEND gets the support they need. This means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEND
  • 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 SENCo)
  • Tell parent carers when they are making special educational provision for a child
  • Write an annual SEN information report. This explains how they have put in place their SEND policy. This should be published on their school website 

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