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What should be included in an additional needs register? This article features a template additional needs register and relays advice from one of our associate education experts. We also look at the areas of need identified in the SEND code of practice and link to related articles from The Key.

What to include

We spoke to one of our associate education experts, Lorraine Petersen, for guidance on what to include in an additional needs register. 

She explained that an additional needs register is not a statutory requirement, and it is up to schools to decide how they record their pupils' needs.

Lorraine recommended developing an additional needs register rather than a specific special educational needs and disability (SEND) register. This broader register can include a section for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and also those with other needs, with information for instance about:

  • Medical needs
  • Free school meal (FSM) eligibility
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Behavioural issues

Pupils should only be added to an SEND register, or the SEND section of an additional needs register, if they require provision that is additional and different to that offered to all pupils in order to reach the expected standard, because they

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