Last reviewed on 15 December 2022
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Sixth-form colleges Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

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.

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