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Last reviewed on 10 November 2020
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Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Download our model SEN policy and information report and use our checklists to save yourself some time and help make sure you're compliant.

10 November 2020: We've reviewed this article to make sure it's still up to date. None of the requirements have changed.

Understand your requirements 

You're required to publish an SEN information report 

This applies to all schools except special schools established in hospitals.

This is set out in paragraphs 6.2, 6.79 and the introduction to chapter 6 of the SEND Code of Practice. The special school exemption is set out in regulation 51 of the SEND regulations 2014.

Use our model information report and the checklist below to help you with this. 

You're required to have an SEN policy

The information report needs to detail how you're implementing this policy. However, you don't need to publish this as a separate, standalone document. 

This was explained to us by the DfE. Use our model policy and the checklist to help you put this together. 

You should update the report annually

Update any changes to the information in the report that occur during the year as soon as possible as well. 

This is set out in paragraph 6.79 of the SEND Code of Practice.

The SEN information report must be approved by the full governing board 

This means the governing board should receive, scrutinise and approve the SEN information report before it is published, according to our associate education expert, Jackie Beard.

See the DfE's guidance on statutory policies for schools for more information. 

You should make information easily accessible

Make sure the information is easily accessible by young people and parents and is set out in clear, straightforward language. 

This is explained in paragraph 6.81 of the SEND Code of Practice.

Download our model policy and information report 

This model policy and information report is designed for you to adapt to suit your school's context.

Approved by Forbes Solicitors, all of our model documents take account of relevant requirements and good practice. They are easy to adapt, will save you time and help you keep your school compliant.

You can find further model policies and complete policy support in our policy bank

Use our checklists to save time and stay compliant 

We have also produced checklists of the required contents of the SEN policy and information report if you prefer to use these.

Know how this differs from the local offer and SEN policies 

Use our flowchart to help you understand the purpose of the local offer, SEN information report and SEN policy and who creates each. 



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