Information and guidance for childcare providers, education providers, health and care professionals

On this page, you will find a range of useful documents that you can use when supporting children and young people aged 0-25 including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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Supporting children and young people with SEN

The guidance explains the responsibilities on Early Year providers, schools and Colleges for meeting the special educational needs of children and young people, through a graduated approach, as well as describing the process for an Education, Health and Care assessment.

Short Note

This will be produced by the class teacher. This information gathering should include an early discussion with the pupil and their parents. These early discussions with parents should be structured in such a way that they develop a good understanding of the pupil’s areas of strength and difficulty, the parents’ concerns, the agreed outcomes sought for the child and the next steps. A short note of these early discussions should be added to the pupil’s record on the school information system and given to the parents. Schools should also tell parents and young people about the local authority’s information, advice and support service.

My Story

This will help a child and their parent/carer to record background information so that you do not have to repeat this information to different professionals.  The document belongs to the child and their parent/carer and they will decide who the information can be shared with. Please note that, when printing double sided, the settings should be set at 'flip on short edge'.

We are working with some young people to develop a version for young people in both secondary and Further Education.

SEN planning tools

These tools describe the type of support that early year providers, schools and colleges should be making for children with each type of SEN.

Further Education Post 16 SEN Planning Tools

Costed provision map and support timetable

These will provide details of the school support for a child or young person with a special educational need.

SEN support plan

This plan will be produced by the Head Teacher or SENCO in partnership with the child or young person and their parent/carer.  It will include the joint outcomes that you want to achieve and the support needed to meet those outcomes.

Following feedback from schools, we have produced two versions of a SEN support plan:

  • Short SEN support plan (Version 2, last updated 18 November 2015) - this plan can be used for those children that have special educational needs but who are unlikely to require an Education, Health and Care assessment. The form enables schools working in partnership with the child or young person and their parent/carers to record the agreed outcomes.
  • SEN support plan - this more detailed plan would be required as part of the evidence for an Education, Health and Care assessment request.
  • SEN support plan guidance
  • Early Years SEN support plan

Assessment or review advice templates

These templates show the type of information that professionals should be including in their reports.

Education, Health and Care Plan

Referral forms for professionals

Transferring Statements to EHC Plans

EHC Plan or transfer review form

This form will be completed by the early years provider, school or college following the review meeting. All advice considered at the review meeting and any amendments to the Statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan must be attached. The form must be submitted within two weeks from the date of the review meeting.

Statutory Annual Review form 

This will be completed by the early years provider, school or college immediately following the Statutory Annual Review of a child or young person’s Statement of SEN.  It should not be used for those Statements that are being considered for the transfer to an Education, Health and Care Plan during 2014/15.

Speech and Language therapy referrals 

Specialist Thematic Panels 

Specialist Thematic Panels have been established to provide schools with advice or additional support for children and young people with a SEN Support Plan, if they have concerns that a child is not making satisfactory progress over a reasonable period of time. This guidance provides information about the Panels and the referral process.  

Post 16 transition support

This document contains useful information for professionals who are working with young people with Special Education Needs to plan their transition from school to post 16 education or training.

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