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SEND advice and guidance

SEND review

“Educational excellence for children with SEND requires schools to use their best endeavours to meet the needs of all their pupils, and to monitor and track how well they are progressing. We know that classroom teachers are at the heart of schools’ response to meeting individual needs: excellent teaching is the key.” (Edward Timpson, former Minister of State for children and families)
The SEND review enables schools to evaluate the effectiveness of their provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and helps to ensure that all children and young people, in all educational settings, achieve their very best, including the skills and qualifications that they need for a successful transition to the next phase of their education.
The SEND review consists of a multi-step process and is led by skilled and highly experienced leaders of SEND with successful backgrounds in SEND, leadership and school improvement.

All SEND reviews are bespoke, building on the school’s own self-evaluation and reflect the school’s own requirements. The SEND reviews are a two-day package and provide a powerful opportunity for:

  • Improving the quality of provision of SEND
  • Incorporating a whole-school approach to SEND
  • Supporting SENCos in the development of their role
  • Ensuring the school’s SEN statutory obligations are met

This will support the raising of standards and achievement of all pupils. The outcomes of this review can be used by the school to prioritise areas for SEN development contributing to the school’s self-evaluation and improvement plan.


“The feedback given… throughout the day was delivered in a supportive way with things that needed to be implemented straight away. We/I would have benefitted from a SEND review before now. It was a very useful experience.” (SENDCo)

“It was very useful to have an external review of all the many different aspects of my role as SENDCo within my setting. This was done in a very supportive way and allowed for reflection and discussion regarding current practice which was very strategic and led to identifying areas where we could develop and move forward.” (SENDCo)
“SEND audit was invaluable to identify existing strengths of SEND provision and to focus our action points for improvement going forwards.” (Headteacher)
“As a school, we found the SEND review particularly useful to judge our own evaluations are accurate. As a school we really value the opinion of experts in the field to support us in our SEF and then impact on future decisions and on our SIP. I would also like to thank (the Advisor) for her support and challenge during the review process. The manner in which she carried out the review was very well received. We will be continuing to seek external validation and support from other areas of curriculum and education in the coming years and then revisit a SEND review in about 4-5 years time as part of our SEF process.” (Headteacher)