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.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support guidance

You can read what we expect as part of the 'graduated response' in our SEN Support Guidance.

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

Our document makes clear:

  • What 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.

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. You can find links to school websites on Norfolk Schoolfinder

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