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 

Your schools must have a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy. You can set a trust-wide policy, or you could ask each school to adapt this template if you want them to have a more bespoke policy.

Make sure this policy is reviewed annually by the board of trustees or the school's proprietor.

It's best practice to publish the policy on your website. Your academies could link to your trust website, and/or publish their own copy of the policy on their websites.

Each of your schools must also publish a SEN information report on their website. This report should be bespoke to each school, so we don't recommend setting a trust-wide report. Read and adapt our model SEN information report in another article from Key Leaders.

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