SEND policy: model and examples

Download and adapt our model SEND policy, or get help writing your own with our checklist and some examples from schools and trusts.

Last reviewed on 9 January 2024See updates
Ref: 41596
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Sixth-form colleges
Pupil referral units
  1. Understand your requirements 
  2. Download our model policy 
  3. Use our checklist to update or write your own documents 
  4. Examples from schools

Understand your requirements 

You must:

  • Have a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy (this doesn't need to be a separate, standalone document)
  • Make sure this policy is reviewed annually by the governing board or proprietor
  • Publish an SEN information report on your website

You should:

  • Publish the SEND policy on your website

This is set out in paragraphs 3.66, 6.2, 6.79, 6.81 and the introduction to chapter 6 of the SEND Code of Practice.

See our article for statutory policies and documents for schools.

Download our model policy 

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

Model policy: SEND (schools) DOC, 283.5 KB

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.

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