Last reviewed on 13 December 2022
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Sixth-form colleges Pupil referral units

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

Understand your requirements 

You must:

  • Have a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy
  • Make sure this policy is reviewed annually by the governing board or proprietor
  • Publish an SEN information report on your website. Learn more and get a model SEN information report in another article from Key Leaders

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.

For information on statutory policies see this DfE guidance

Download our model policy 

This model policy 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.

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