Information expected from schools for children, young people with SEND and their families

Tower Hamlets expects schools and settings to comply with the requirements set out in the SEN Code of Practice. This means that schools and other settings should make available the information below using clear and straightforward language in way that is easy for parents and young people to access.

Settings should describe:  

  • how they identify children and young people with SEN 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 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 teachers, lecturers or other professionals to support children and young people with SEN
  • how they assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the provision they make for children and young people with SEN
  • how they enable children and young people with SEN 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 SEN and measures to prevent bullying
  • information on the school’s SEN policy, 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 pupils with SEN.  

Tower Hamlets expects that the above should include arrangements for supporting children who are looked after by the local authority and have SEN.

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