School SEN Reports and Policies (SEND)

In this section:

> What must be provided

> SEN Policies

> Annual SEN Information Reports

> What should SEN Information Reports include?

> Are SEN Information Reports compulsory?

> When and where SEN Information Reports should be published

> How SEN Information Reports should be titled

> Download SEN Information Report Template

  

What must be provided

Schools must publish both a SEN policy and a SEN Information Report if they are a Maintained School, Nursery School, Academy, Free School, Special School, Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or College. Here you can find out more information about each document including what is required and how to publish them. You will also find a template for your school’s Annual SEN Information Report.

 

SEN Policies

A SEN policy reflects on the statutory requirements in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability and sets out how the school will support children with SEND. It will include the school’s practices including aims, roles, resources, evaluations, complaints and training. Maintained Schools, Nursery Schools, Academies, Free Schools, Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and Colleges must publish a SEN Policy. SEN policies should be published on your school’s website.

 

Annual SEN Information Reports

Annual SEN Information Reports should set out how a school’s SEN policy is implemented or “put into practice”. All Maintained Schools, Nursery Schools, Academies, Free Schools, Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and Colleges must publish a SEN Information Report and keep it updated at least annually.

 

What should SEN Information Reports include?

In brief, SEN Information Reports should include:

  • the arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils.
  • the steps you have taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils.
  • the facilities you provide to help disabled pupils to access the school.
  • increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum.
  • improving the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities and services provided or offered by the school.
  • improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled.

Read the full guidance on What maintained schools must publish online

 

Are SEN Information Reports compulsory?

Yes, if your setting is a Maintained Schools, Nursery Schools, Academies, Free Schools, Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and Colleges this requirement set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and in the SEND Code of Practice of 2015.

 

When and where SEN Information Reports should be published

SEN Information Reports should be published annually and updated when any changes occur during the year. They should be published on:

  • Your School’s website
  • Your Local Authority’s Local Offer

Schools with a BFIS account can upload their SEN Information Reports directly to their school record on the BFIS website by logging in to their account. If you don’t have a record editor or are unsure, email FISdigital@buckinghamshire.gov.uk and we can advise you further.

 

How SEN Information Reports should be titled

On the Buckinghamshire Local Offer, we ask that SEN Information Reports are uploaded as PDFs and are titled: Annual SEN Information Report followed by month and year of publication, followed by School Name. For example:

Annual SEN Information Report September 2019: The Buckingham School

When you see an SEN Information Report on the Buckinghamshire Local Offer, the year displayed will usually be the year the report was published or provided. This makes it valid for 12 months thereafter. Some SEN Information Reports may reflect on changes/implementation over the last year while others may be a current view. Because of this, you may sometimes see existing reports titled with a date range such as 2017 to 2018. As of May 2019, to avoid confusion, we will title reports by month and year they are published, provided, or amended.

 

SEN Information Report Template

If you are based in Buckinghamshire, you can:

Download our SEN Information Report Template (Word Doc 57KB)