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A self-audit framework for your SEND provision

How effective is your school’s overall SEND provision? Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel urges you not to wait for problems to develop, but to self-audit your SEND using the following framework

There are subtleties in pinpointing the issues with SEND provision in a school, but I am frequently struck by problems that have been left for a significant amount of time to persist or develop simply because senior leaders have not reviewed SEND provision themselves.

In the majority of cases, senior leaders simply lack expertise with SEND and do not know what to look for, or which questions to ask.

This article sets out a basic framework to guide senior leaders in carrying out an MOT on SEND provision in their schools.

The 2014 SEND Code of Practice is a cumbersome document. However, there is a consistent theme that extends beyond particular systems and provisions. I have tried to capture it in the following questions:

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