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What the City expects schools and settings to provide for SEND children and young people

The City of London requires schools and settings to comply with all statutory expectations set out in the SEND Code of Practice. This means that nurseries, schools and colleges (settings) should make available the information below using clear and straightforward language that is easy for parents and young people to access.

Settings should describe:    

  • how they identify children and young people with SEND and assess their needs
  • how they assess and review children and young people’s progress towards outcomes, including the opportunities available to work with parents, children and young people as part of this assessment and review
  • how they support children and young people in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood. As young people prepare for adulthood, outcomes should reflect their ambitions which could include higher education, employment, independent living and participation in society
  • what adaptations to curriculum, teaching and the learning environment they make and how they access ancillary aids and assistive technology
  • how they secure expertise among practitioners, teachers, lecturers or other professionals to support children and young people with SEND
  • how they assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the provision they make for children and young people with SEND
  • how they enable children and young people with SEND to have access to facilities and extra-curricular activities available to all children in their setting
  • how they support and improve emotional and social development, including extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of children and young people with SEND and measures to prevent bullying
  • the SEN Information report
  • information on the school’s SEND policy, including named contacts within the school
  • who parents should contact if they have concerns about details of the school’s contribution to the local offer
  • how the curriculum is adapted or made accessible for children or young people with SEND. 

The City of London expects that the above should include arrangements for supporting children who are looked after by the local authority and have SEND.

The City of London also expects and encourages schools to make data on the levels and type of need within the setting available to the local authority. This data is necessary to inform strategic SEND planning at authority and local level. This kind of data, usually collected through the school census, is also required to produce the national SEND Information Report.


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