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Special Educational Needs Matrix for Schools

Reasonable Expectations of Educational Settings and the Local Authority to make provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs

This new SEN Matrix has been developed to support the process of meeting the individual needs of all children and young people with special educational needs. It describes reasonable expectations for schools, colleges and other stakeholders when meeting needs of children and young people. It is designed to support schools and colleges when planning appropriate provision for individuals and groups and as a reference document when considering whether an individual might benefit from joining the education, health, care pathway.

The tables shown in each document are not a checklist of provision but should be used to improve learning and teaching for all children and young people and enhance SEN provision at whole school, class, group and individual level. The suggestions should be considered in the context of each setting and adapted as appropriate. They are designed to encourage questioning and to support the gathering of evidence and evaluating how a setting is providing for a child’s or young person’s needs.

The approach outlined is based upon a graduated approach to meeting additional needs. It is intended to support the notion that those with greater need receive the greater provision.

Please see the Related Documents section of this page for further information.

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