Support for schools on the legal responsibilities of SEND provision

New guidance has been developed to provide clarity on schools' legal responsibilities for inclusion and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.  The guidance was produced by Head Teacher Matt Bown whilst on secondment to Warwickshire County Council in collaboration with Warwickshire Legal Services. The guide offers a comprehensive summary of the legal requirements for SEND provision in maintained schools and academies, including nurseries, primaries, secondaries, grammar, specialist, and alternative provisions.The guide has been created with support from Warwickshire schools and Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services and is intended to inform and support professional conversations regarding the legal requirements for schools to ensure inclusion and SEND provision. It also provides a simple and easy-to-follow guide for schools and professionals, exploring inclusion and SEND provision in preparation for Ofsted inspections. The document is part of a range of resources available to support schools, including free training, the School’s Inclusion Charter, exclusions video, the SEND Local Offer, SEND Inclusion Guidance, information and advice, and webinars.We believe that this guide will be an invaluable tool for schools and professionals working in the SEND sector. It offers a clear and concise summary of the legal requirements for SEND provision, and we hope that it will help to promote inclusion and ensure that all students have access to the resources and skills they need to reach their full potential.The guidance is available here https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.warwickshire.gov.uk%2Fdocuments%2FWCCC-600065477-452&data=05%7C01%7Cantzelinakatsi%40warwickshire.gov.uk%7Cb7fd26dd105c49dad05908db56ffe5b2%7C88b0aa0659274bbba89389cc2713ac82%7C0%7C0%7C638199429280749451%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=uV3A3T3%2Fu%2BYgycZQDspoVAm1yHmJrCnFu4%2Be4%2F7S914%3D&reserved=0 for schools and professionals to access for free. We encourage all schools to take advantage of this valuable resource.If you have any questions about this new guide or require any additional support, please do not hesitate to contact us.Thank you for your continued commitment to promoting inclusion and ensuring that all students receive the best possible education.Sincerely,Johnny KyriacouAssistant Director Education

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