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Swindon Core Standards for SEND

Local Authority's Expectations of Education providers in relation to SEND

The Swindon Core Standards for SEND have been co-produced by Educational Professionals, Professionals from support services and parents and carers. These documents are currently in draft format and are open for consultation. If you have any comments or feedback about these documents please email The Local Offer

The Core Standards outline the Local Authority's expectations of education providers in relation to the identification of SEND and the provision for pupils with SEND. They cover early years through to post-16 and link with The Early Years SENCo Handbook. 


The following are fundamental to the process:

  • Considering the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person and their parents
  • Allowing the child or young person and their parents to participate as fully as possible in decisions
  • Providing the child, young person and their parents with the information and support necessary to participate in those decisions
  • Supporting the child or young person and their parents in order to help them achieve the best possible outcomes, both educationally and in other areas, preparing them effectively for adulthood
  • A strong culture of inclusion in every school
  • Personalised learning approaches including innovative use of new technologies
  • Strong professional development arrangements and collaboration between schools
  • ‘Team around the child’ approach to provide co-ordinated multi agency support
  • Engagement of parents and carers in their child’s learning<

The Local Authority propose to maintain special schools for those children with the most complex needs but break down the barriers between special and mainstream schools and ensuring mutually beneficial curriculum and social links. By working in partnership with Swindon mainstream and special schools to The Local Authority will build and extend on existing good practice. Through targeted support we aim to increase the capacity of mainstream schools to effectively meet a wide range of special educational needs.


Guidance and support for using the Core Standards


Universal Support (Quality First Teaching)


Universal Provision Checklists


SEN Support (targeted support)

Identification criteria for SEN Support

Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)



Menu of Provision for SEN Support



Assess - Plan - Do - Review and Evidencing the Graduated Response

Please find below the new parent and child contributions forms for the EHC Plan needs assessment request


Progress Plan


High Needs

Guidance for applying for a Statutory EHC Needs Assessment

Section 8 – Annual Review guidance

Section 9 - Whole school good practice for SEND

Section 10 - Transitions


Training Materials


Responsibilities of All Local Schools

All schools should co-operate with the Local Authority in developing the Local Offer and each school must publish its own detailed information on the Local Offer. 




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