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 MyCareMySupport

The Core Standards is open for consultation until 30th June. It will then be launched for use by all education settings in Swindon in September 2019 and training will be available for all SENCos. 

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.

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

Cognition and Learning

Speech and Language







Physical and/or Sensory Needs




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






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
























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
        • High quality accommodation and specialist facilities
        • Strong professional development arrangements and collaboration between schools
        • ‘Team around the child’ approach to provide co-ordinated multiagency 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.



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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