SEND Resources for Practitioners
The resources below can be used to help practitioners support families of children and young people with SEND. They are listed alphabetically to make them easier to find.
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The requirements for Local Authorities to put in place a written Accessibility Strategy are specified in Schedule 10 (Accessibility for Disabled Pupils) of the 2010 Equality Act.
The strategy has two appendices:
- one concerning the development of an accessibility plan, which schools have a duty to produce, and the
- second providing links to resources and the guidance referred to in the document.
The aim of the strategy is to increase participation in the curriculum and improve the physical environment in schools for disabled pupils. It replaces Surrey County Council’s Social Inclusion Framework for Schools and Educational Settings.
The purpose of the SEND Process for Admissions document is to ensure that Head teachers and Governing Bodies understand the legislative framework in relation to SEND admissions and how this is applied in Surrey.
The Educational provision for children and young people with SEND seeks to lay out in a clear, transparent and accessible format, the local educational provision for children and young people with SEND in Surrey. This is so children and families can know what they might expect to find in terms of educational provision across the county.
The SEND admissions processes for referrals for specialist placement for school age children lays out the processes for agreeing when a school age child needs a more specialist placement. The processes for children below school age are covered separately.
Banding Arrangements documents can help you identify what level of support a child or young person with SEND might need.
Information and documents to help special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), early years practitioners, home-based childcarers and playworkers support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families:
- One page guide to the EHC process - how Surrey operates the EHC assessment and planning process
Request form for EHC plan
- Request form for EHC plan - to be completed by parents, parent carers and young people
- Request form for EHC plan - to be completed by practitioners
EHC plan Process
- EHC plan Assessment: Business Process flowchart
- EHC plan Business Process: Guidance for LA Practitioners
- Statutory Request Meeting Agenda
- EHC plan Template (pdf)
- EHC plan Template (word)
- EHC plan Checklist: A Guide for Quality Assurance
Toolkits for Parents and Young People in the EHC plan process
These workbooks help with preparatory work required for meetings, with a focus on completing the new "Section A" of the EHC plan.
Please use the workbook most appropriate for age or circumstance.
- Child's workbook for completing Section A of the EHC plan
- Young Person's workbook for completing Section A of the EHC plan. This guide is specifically aimed at young people up to the age of 14.
This is a statutory service commissioned by local authorities, currently provided by Global mediation, which is designed to help settle disagreements between parents or young people and local authorities over education, health and care needs assessments and plans and which parents and young people can use before deciding whether to appeal to the first-tier tribunal about decisions on assessment or the special educational element of a plan.
Annual and Transfer Reviews
The latest updated guidance and transition plan details the number of SSENs to be transferred to an EHC plan.
The documentation below can be used for Transfer Reviews:
- Surrey Review Form - to be used for Transfer Reviews
- Surrey Review Meeting Guidance
- To support the reviews we have produced the Supporting statutory SEN Reviews Document document to be completed and sent to the area office along with all supporting reports/review form.
For those pupils in Year 9 onwards, reviews must consider planning for adulthood. To support this, schools and colleges should complete the Moving Forward document in addition to the Surrey Review Form.
The documentation below should be used to support the Annual review process.
Details of Surrey's Joint Position Statement regarding Pathological Demand Avoidance can be found here.
You can find details of how to apply for school transport for children with and without an EHC plan or SSEN on the Transport to educational settings web page.
The Right Provision at the Right Time provides information on the support arrangements available without the need for an EHC plan and when an EHC plan might be needed.
If a child or young person does not make the progress expected for their age, starting point and particular circumstances, it may be appropriate to consider with parent/carers whether an EHC plan is needed.
Below are all the documents required for Surrey's SEND Support Arrangements process:
- SEND Support Arrangements: Guidance for Educational settings
- SEND Support Arrangements: Guidance for Pre-School Children
- SEND Support Arrangements Process Flowchart
- SEND Support Arrangements Template provides settings with the template required to complete a pre-statutory plan
Schools can use the documents below for pre-statutory stage meetings. However, they can use their own paperwork instead if they choose.
Surrey County Council believes that all bullying behaviour is unacceptable, whether at home, school, college or work. The Council will support schools and establishments to take a preventative approach to bullying, and to have policies and procedures in place to respond where it does occur, promptly and firmly.
The policy and guidance published here should be used alongside Surrey's Safer Surrey approach and Surrey's Inclusion Strategy.
Surrey County Council have launched a new policy regarding Touch and the use of restrictive physical intervention when working with children and young people. This replaces the 2010 policy previously in circulation.
The policy details can be found here.