Last reviewed on 9 January 2024
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 (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.

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