SEN support plans: guidance and templates

What you include in a pupil's SEN support plan will depend on the purpose of the plan. Get help deciding what you need to cover and use our templates to help you develop a school-based plan.

Last reviewed on 11 May 2021
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  1. Decide on the contents of the plan based on its purpose 
  2. Use our pupil-friendly templates to involve pupils in the planning process 
  3. Communicate details of the provision with staff, specialists and parents 
  4. Share plans with staff members working with the pupil

In this article, we provide guidance and templates to help you create a 'school-based' special educational needs (SEN) support plan. The DfE recommends using school-based plans to support pupils in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) Code of Practice (paragraph 6.48).

To create your plan, you'll need to have first identified the provision the pupil needs and worked out its cost. You can use our guidance on calculating the cost of provision to help you. 

Decide on the contents of the plan based on its purpose 

There's no set format or requirements for what you need to cover, so it's up to you to decide based on what would be most useful for the individual pupil. Below you'll find a range of templates that cater for the different purposes of the plan. 

Your plan may look different depending on who you’ve created it for:

The plan