How to review your SEND policy and SEN information report

Find out what questions you can ask to review your school's special educational needs and disability (SEND) policy and SEN information report. Use our checklists to make sure your school is meeting the requirements, and download our model policy and report to see what good looks like.

Last reviewed on 15 December 2022See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Academies
Free schools
Sixth-form colleges
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
Contents
  1. Key facts
  2. Checklist for the SEND policy
  3. Checklist for the SEN information report
  4. Key questions to challenge the policy and report
  5. Model SEND policy
  6. Model SEN information report
  7. SEND policy examples from schools and trusts
  8. SEN information report examples from schools

After receiving some feedback from some of our experts, we decided to split up our SEND policy and SEN information report models. This means we can show you examples of best practices which are more tailored to their particular job. The difference is:

  • The SEN information report is aimed at parents, and needs to be really accessible
  • The SEND policy is aimed at staff and is more process driven

Don't worry if your school's SEND policy and SEN information report are combined in a single document. You're still meeting the statutory requirements, and you can still use this article to help you monitor them.

If you need to brush up on the key terms, take a look at our SEND glossary

Checklist for the SEND policy

Your school’s values, vision and broader aims around SEN How the policy was developed Who’s responsible for developing and implementing the policy Information on how pupils with

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