Which Policies Must Be In Place In Any Mainstream School In England?
All schools must have:
Page last reviewed / updated: March 2021
Next review due: March 2022
An SEN Information Report
Including information about:
- The kinds of SEN the school caters for
- How children's needs are identified and assessed
- The support available in the school
- Who to talk to in the school
- Teaching approaches
- How the curriculum is adapted
- Staff training
- How parents and children are involved
An SEN Policy
As well as having an SEN Information Report, every school must also have a policy setting out how it supports disabled pupils to be included in school activities. In primary schools, this must include:
- Arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEN and involving them in their child's education.
- Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children's progress towards outcomes.
- Arrangements for children moving between different ‘key stages’ of education.
- Approach to teaching, the expertise and training of school staff and how specialist expertise will be available.
- Support for improving emotional and social development, including listening to the views of children with SEN and measures to prevent bullying.
- How children with SEN are supported to access activities in the school that are available to pupils without SEN.
- How the school involves health, social care and local authorities to provide support for families.
- Arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEN.
Every mainstream school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who is responsible for organising extra help for pupils with SEN. The SENCO works with the class teachers to plan the help each child needs.
An Accessibility Plan
This includes information about the steps the school is taking to make both the environment and the curriculum more accessible for disabled pupils. This may be included within the SEN information report.
A Medical Needs Policy
All state-funded schools now have a duty to make arrangements to support children with medical needs. They must produce a Medical Needs Policy saying how they will do this.
An Individual Healthcare Plan
Children with health needs must have an Individual Healthcare Plan.
A Behaviour Policy
All state-maintained schools must draw up a Behaviour Policy, which must be published on the school's website. The policy will set out how the school encourages good behaviour and the consequences for breaking the school rules, as well as the measures it takes to prevent bullying.
Academies and independent schools must also have a behaviour and anti-bullying policy. There is no legal duty to publish it on the school's website, though it is good practice to do so.