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SEND core standards

About the core standards

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Defining SEND

The statutory requirements are the things that an educational setting must do or must have in place in relation to children and young people with SEND who are currently in the setting or who may attend the setting in the future.

Core Standard One - Statutory Requirements/Duties

The statutory requirements are the things that an educational setting MUST DO or MUST HAVE IN PLACE in relation to children and young people with SEND who are currently in the setting or who may attend the setting in the future.

Core Standard Two - A Fully Inclusive Educational Setting

Being ‘fully inclusive’ is about every child or young person being part of an educational setting.  For the purpose of this document, the focus is on the inclusion of children and young people with SEND.

Core Standard Three - High Quality Teaching

High Quality Teaching (HQT) also referred to as Quality First Teaching (QFT) is the vital first step in meeting the needs of all children and young people with SEND in any given educational setting.

Core Standard Four – Identifying Individual Needs

When a child /young person is not making expected progress academically, socially and /or emotionally given their age and individual circumstances, it is vital that educational settings takes action to quickly identify the reasons for this.

Core Standard Five - Targeted Support and Interventions

When a child /young person is not making expected progress academically, socially and /or emotionally given their age and individual circumstances, it is vital that educational settings takes action to quickly identify the reasons for this.

Core Standard Six – Education, Health and Care Plans

An education, health, and care plan (EHC) Plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through the settings ‘ordinarily available’ offer and targeted support and interventions. This is often referred to as ‘high needs’.

Core Standard Seven – Working Effectively with Additional Adults

An education, health, and care plan (EHC) Plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through the settings ‘ordinarily available’ offer and targeted support and interventions. This is often referred to as ‘high needs’.

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June 20, 2022

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